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

By Stephany Nunneley
18 May 2012 17:42 GMT

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.

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