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EA: Origin versus Steam not “a proper battle”

Monday, 3rd October 2011 22:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Two key EA executives have both opined that Origin and Steam aren’t in direct competition.

“I’m not sure we’re taking them on; we’re a great compliment to that business,” EA COO Peter Moore told GamesIndustry of the supposed “rivalry” between the fledgling Origin and Steam.

The executive’s comments were echoed by EA Europe leader Jens Uwe Intat.

“I don’t even know if Steam Vs. Origin is a proper battle,” he said. “There’s a space for Steam, there’s a space for Origin, there’s a space for third party retailers. Both pure retailers and traditional retailers that are entering the digital distribution space.

“I think in that space that competition will create superior experiences for the consumer and there’s space for more than one player.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s not a competitor to Steam, I’m just saying that there’s more people out there than just Steam and Origin.”

Intat added that publishers both work with and in rivalry to other companies all the time.

“Every first party manufacturer is a partner of ours when we’re distributing their product, and a competitor of ours with their own software. I think, as an industry, we’re pretty good at competing and co-operating at the same time,” he said.

Both Moore and Intat said Origin owes its existence to EA’s need to interface directly with the customer, and reiterated that Steam’s policy against such interactions as the motivation the removal of some of its games from Valve’s service.

Asked about Origin last week, Valve’s Gabe Newell had nothing bad to say, either.

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  1. Talkar

    Too bad neither the fanboys on EA’s side or Valves side can’t see there is room for both x)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stardog

    Origin is nothing like Steam. Origin just loads itself in the background even though it’s not required. It’s a piece of shit.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    yea yea blah blah

    just like how 360/PS3 don’t compete with wii?
    just like how 3DS/DS don’t compete with iOS?

    Suuuuuuure ;)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    @1 Completly agree.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Lounds

    Origin is wank, the friends intergration, the way games load, I dunno, I personally prefer steam it works, and it does a good job of keeping people in touch who want to play games together, it just does it better than the competition, if you can call it that, more an anoyance.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Ihave to agree with the exes here. One provides an excellent service, whilst the other is a pile of shit to serve as a pain in the arse with limted features and choice.

    Since Origin only offers EAs turds there simply is no competition from it.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. endgame

    there is no space for origin atm. at least in some peoples minds. and that’s because origin doesn’t allow u to buy stuff from them compared to steam which let’s u buy almost anything regardless of where u live.

    #7 3 years ago