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EA Origin going digital only

No more physical games will be sold as of April 4

Electronic Arts' Origin distribution platform will phase out physical media entirely on April 4.

Origin was established in 2011 to address the PC and Mac gaming market dominated by Valve's Steam platform. EA's focus for Origin has always been on digital products, but until now it also sold boxed games.

According to a post on the Origin site, 99 per cent of the service's customers only ever buy digital products, but for the remaining one per cent, "Origin won't be able to fulfil that need [for boxed games]."

"Digital is fast and convenient. Origin's focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible."

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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve2 years ago
I always wondered why they even bothered offering it. They always offered physical at a price much more expensive than Amazon. Their pricing really needs a lot of work overall, I bought a digital code for Titanfall off Amazon rather than directly from Origin because it was over 10 cheaper.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis2 years ago
@Thomas, that is to do with anti-competition laws I believe.
Retailers probably wouldn't be happy if Origin started undercutting what they could sell a physical copy for at launch day. This is why Origin has "Origin Exclusive" in the form of Digital Deluxe editions where you get extra items for buying through the service, to entice players to buy direct.
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Neow Shau Jin Studying Bachelor in Computer Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia2 years ago
I'm not sure where their 1% statistics comes from, I'm sure there are more gamers not thrilled at the idea of a 50GB download for a game, I for one bought Titanfall at launch from a local retailer at an equivalent value of $35. An I'm glad I can install it and play instead of waiting for the 50GB download.

If not EA PC games are going to have physical copies, I've don't foresee me buying anything from their Origin store anytime soon.
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Mats Holm Technical Writer, Electronic Arts2 years ago
Since physical orders from Origin was only available to a selected few countries in Europe and the US and Canada, I don't expect this to have any impact on you Neow.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis2 years ago
@Neow Their 1% is based on orders through Origin. They aren't saying the total physical games market is only 1% they aren't accounting for Amazon, GameStop, Game etc. in this article.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games2 years ago
I am part of that 1%
Too bad they felt forced to sell only their own games and didn't open to indies.
Origin is light, and stylish. I liked it and often used it a lot more than steam.
Perhaps this turn to digital will allow them to do so instead of eventually killing the whole service.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 2 years ago
Too bad they felt forced to sell only their own games and didn't open to indies.
There was a point when EA were talking loudly about selling third-party and indie games, and you can see they started that, and then... Stopped. There's no indies, but there are a few Capcom/SquEnix/Deep Silver games on the store, if you look hard enough. I'm guessing that third-parties and indies just didn't think it was worth their time (especially for how little promotion they got?).

Edit: Here's something related to all that, from 2012 - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120518005157/en/Origin-Waives-Distribution-Fees-Crowd-Funded-Games#.UzqMOleoDfI

Edited 7 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 1st April 2014 10:52am

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