EA’s Origin service will no longer sell physical games starting next month

Saturday, 29th March 2014 16:18 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA’s Origin service will no longer sell physical copies of games starting next month, as the service is going all digital.


According to a post from the service, the Origin game store will feature “entirely digital downloads” for PC and Mac.

“If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing [will change]. Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit,” notes the announcement. “But if you’re that 1% who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won’t be able to fulfill that need.

“We’ll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads. Digital is fast and convenient. Origin’s focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible.”

So, come April 4, if you want physical PC or Mac copies of EA games titles, you will have to purchase the item elsewhere.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. pukem0n

    i don’t get it.

    Wasn’t it all digital before, just like steam?

    As i understand, you can activa bought games from physical media after that time too, so what really changed?

    did they give you a copy of the game every time you bought it digitally?

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @pukem0n You used to be able to pre-order or buy physical copies of games through the service. Whether it was for PC or console. It was a storefront for various large releases from EA, not just a digital storefront – like it will be come April 4.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Llewelyn_MT

    It might have offered boxed games in some markets, but I don’t recall it ever offered them to me (I live in Poland). If it was not all digital over here, the number of boxed releases would have to be miniscule and it didn’t include any of the major releases (Sims 3, ME3, BF3, Dead Space 3, BF4, Titanfall, Sim City, among others).

    That being said, Origin client sucks monkey balls and I never buy Origin exclusives. It’s only any good (i.e. competitive with Steam or retail) for select older titles and only when they are deeply discounted.

    #3 9 months ago

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