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Origin coming to Mac, Android, Facebook, smart TVs

By Dan Pearson

Origin coming to Mac, Android, Facebook, smart TVs

Tue 14 Aug 2012 2:42pm GMT / 10:42am EDT / 7:42am PDT

Peter Moore announces move on stage in Cologne

EA's answer to Steam, digital distribution service Origin, will be coming to Mac, Android and Facebook soon, as well as smart TVs.

Speaking on stage during the company's Gamescom keynote in Cologne, Peter Moore revealed that the platform would soon be available on these platforms as well as on its native PC.

During the same presentation, Moore also claimed that over 21 million people were now using the service.

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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster

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If this is going to be a full digital distribution service for Android etc, things are becoming very interesting...

Posted:4 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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I agree Adam. I think it's pretty cool that Android is turning into a sort of second Windows, with multiple services, markets, and platforms supporting it. It also, again, differentiates it from iOS. On Android you can buy from any one of a number of services, and even play games over OnLive, but on iOS it's App Store or nothing.

On the note of his "21 million using the service" it's worth noting that they are throwing the term "using" here around very loosely, as many of these "subscribers" are just console game owners and are getting nothing at all from Origin (and putting nothing back in as well). There are also a lot of people who have already abandoned the service, such as the majority of the 3+ million TOR sales.

Posted:4 years ago


Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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I wonder, also, how many just have an Origin account, but not Origin, on PC. Just like console owners have to register for an Origin account for DLC, so too, certain EA games just require an Origin account, but not Origin, on PC, for the same reason. Kingdoms of Amalur, for example.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 16th August 2012 8:22am

Posted:4 years ago


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