Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Jun 25, 2012

EA Calls Steam The MySpace Of Game Clients

Man, I’d hate to represent a company that makes bad products. I mean, can you imagine having to talk to people and be forced to tell them how great your product is, when you know perfectly well that it isn’t? Take for instance, EA’s senior VP of global ecommerce.

In a recent interview with MCV, David DeMartini talked about how EA plans to make Origin a better version of Steam. Even going so far as to equate the other service with MySpace, with theirs being in Facebook’s shoes. With nothing really setting Origin apart, one has to wonder exactly what EA has in store for the service.

The other thing that DeMartini boasted was that over 12 million people had downloaded Origin. I don’t think that is necessarily a good way to measure the actual success of the service. It’s not something optional that PC gamers can choose to download. Anyone wanting to play Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 or The Old Republic needed Origin to play.

Make Origin optional, and see how many people flock to your service, and then you’ll know if it was successful. If I can download and play a game through Steam, you can bet your ass that I’m going to. It’s simple, unobtrusive, and they have tons of great sales throughout the year. Honestly, EA, what do you really have that makes people want to download your client?


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