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Origin Waives Distribution Fees For Crowd-Sourced Games

What do you do after you’ve successfully crowd-funded and then created an amazing independent game? Distribute it on Origin. For free.

Today, we’re happy to announce that we will be waiving Origin distribution fees for any developer that has a successfully crowd-funded, ready-to-publish, downloadable PC game. Developers that qualify will enjoy 90 days of free distribution services and, more importantly, have the chance to reach more than 12 million users worldwide.

“The crowd-funding movement is incredibly healthy for the gaming industry,” said David DeMartini, Senior Vice President of Origin. “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.”

Both Jane Jensen of Gabriel Knight fame and Wasteland designer Brian Fargo are optimistic about the program's ability to open doors for independent developers. "Having Origin waive their distribution fees for 90 days for fan funded games is a major economic bonus for small developers," said Fargo. "We look forward to bringing Wasteland 2 to the Origin audience."

Developers who take advantage of the Origin 90-day distribution offer will be able to provide ongoing support to their fans. Applications are available now at www.origin.com/publishing.