Distribution fees for successfully crowd-funded titles waived for 90 days on Origin

Friday, 18th May 2012 17:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA has announced it’s to waive distribution fees for 90 days on Origin for any developer with a “successfully crowd-funded, ready-to-publish downloadable PC game.”

The firm said this will give crowd-funded games a chance to “reach the growing Origin audience of more than 12 million registered users worldwide.”

“The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal,” said David DeMartini, Origin SVP. “It’s also incredibly healthy for the gaming industry. Gamers around the world deserve a chance to play every great new game, and by waiving distribution fees on Origin we can help make that a reality for successfully crowd-funded developers.”

“Crowd-funded projects are like the ‘people’s choice awards’ — a way for gaming fans to express what they want to buy and play,” added Pinkerton Road’s Jane Jensen. “It’s great to see a big publisher like EA acknowledging that and opening up distribution opportunities for these games.”

The waiver will provide an “economic bonus for small developers,” according to inXile’s Brian Fargo, who also said his team looks “forward to bringing Wasteland 2 to the Origin audience.”

The Origin offer will be available to fully-funded, complete and ready-to-publish games designed for digital download to PC platforms.



  1. Night Hunter

    I don’t know what to say. This is a trick, right? It’s EA so it has to be …

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight


    Why would that be a trick? It allows a indie to not only got to steam but Origin as well and they are doing this by removing their fees for 90 days.
    Steam takes 20-30% plus distribution fees, I assume EA is very much the same. This is a good thing for inXile and many successful crowd-funded projects.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Night Hunter

    Of course it’s a good thing, but it is EA so it has to be some kind of trap. Maybe instead of distribution fees they now take their souls ;)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TMRNetShark

    I only use Origins because I have to for Battlefield 3. I don’t mind using it at all… it’s just that the REST of my games are on Steam.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. jacobvandy

    @2 So you keep the 20-30%, but 20-30% of nothin’ is nothin’… ;)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    I don’t think there’s a trick, there’s significant PR-value attached to these games and Origin needs all the positive PR it can get.

    #6 3 years ago

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