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ea-logo-blue-723x250.jpg POSTED BY EA Staff ON May 18, 2012

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.

Comments (15)

  1. +1 -1
    This has the potential to be a great idea, as long as it's not an exclusivity contract. I don't want to insult Origin or anything, but it's a logical deduction that if a game is released on multiple platforms (whether it be different consoles, like PC/GFXBL/PSN or different digital distribution channels, like Origin/GFWL/Steam), the game will simply sell more due to a larger audience. because let's face it, far more users use Steam or even GFWL than Origin, simply because they are older.
    May 18, 2012
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  2. +2 -5
    Good work, EA! Perhaps you can get a stable version of Origin that isn't still in 'Pre-Release' up and running before this oh so wonderful fleece job of the community transpires. EA is like the federal government. Give 'em control of the Sahara Desert, and they'll have a sand shortage in 3 years. P.S. Steam still rules and you're not going to bully your way into their market in the fashion you're doing so now. --Hugs--
    May 18, 2012
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    dont have codigo cerberus mass effect 2 value games i am spanish helph ¿?
    May 19, 2012
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  4. +1 -2
    So you want to build up your library to compete with Steam....... You might want to fix that piece of junk Origin App as well as rethink the layout. Also get a better purchasing system. I ordered something on your Origin service and it took 2 hours before i could get the game i ordered. On steam it takes 3 clicks of my mouse and the new games were downloading to my system after the 3rd click. I really wish you just kept distribution with steam they do it better, faster and all my games are on one service. Origin was just a pore idea built on greed and a really bad thing to do to the name Origin. I use to look upon that name with happy memories Ultima series, Wing Commander series, Crusader series, Strike Commander, System Shock, Wings of Glory, ETC........ Now I think of Origin and sadly sigh. :(
    May 19, 2012
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  5. +5 -1
    Ouch! What's with all the hate for EA? Yes, the Origin app needs a redesign. Steam and the Gamefly app work much better, are more user friendly, and are easier to navigate. Valve had a great idea, but I LOVE that they have competition now. Competition is the only way to keep these companies honest. I hope Amazon beefs up its digital distributino arm as well, because we will enter a new era of competitive pricing that will only benefit consumers like me that NEVER PIRATE games. I love this. EA should extend this fee waive for an entire fiscal year, beef up its library, offer bundles that include those classic Ultima, WIng Commander, and Space Rouge Origin Games (anyone remember Bad Blood?), and take it staright to Valve's little Steam kingdom. Copy them and compete EA. No shame in that!
    May 19, 2012
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    1. 0 0
      Battlefield 3 or Battlefield: Bad Company 2................. OMG if they do let mod tools out .........do you know how long that game will be alive ..........just look at cod4 cod2 cod waw pop on cod2 or just one of them games and look you will see that game is still alive and strong i did a lot of modding for flatout flatout 2 grid dirt dirt2 the chance to do a mod for Battlefield 3 or Battlefield: Bad Company 2 .............wow one day you guys will open your eyes and see the mod teams ARE only HELPING you to keep the GAME ALIVE LONGER
      May 21, 2012
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    Hey EA if you havent notice how the DEV that just starting working at Bohemia had a idea called Dayz one simple mod and now the game called Arma 2 combined ops is selling really good and the mod was free not DLC? Not DLC EA the modding community is what keeps pc games alive so if you really want some bonus points take heed. If EA would allow mods for games like Medal Of Honor and Battlefield games etc nobody would be so angry with EA. For me i just pray one day that EA will come to there senses.
    May 19, 2012
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    1. 0 0
      EA here is looking at O_O Wing Commander Series needs to be Revived!!!!!
      May 19, 2012
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  7. 0 -1
    you'll have to pay a small fee...nottin is free then u get 90 days after that there will be another fee to pay....
    May 19, 2012
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  8. 0 0
    and thats the beat!
    May 19, 2012
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  9. 0 0
    This is great news for the little guys, even if Nzall is correct. I would like to think that there are no ulterior motives and that EA is actually doing something sincere, and for the benefit of everyone. Hey a guy can dream. Hats off to EA if this is legit.
    May 19, 2012
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  10. +1 0
    It seems to me people dont care about this thread or dont trust EA how come the guy in the suit and tie never made an announcement public like video interview. Im having a hard time believing this is going to have any merit ask the dev's how they feel as they will give you a better answer. EA took every game i played sports wise and put them all on console so i have no hope. Hey EA will my MVP baseball return next year?
    May 20, 2012
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  11. Comment Flagged +1 0
    Wow lot of butt hurt people. Good job EA. Steam needs a little comptition. Plues the smaller gaming companys could use any boost they can get to make it.
    May 20, 2012
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  12. +1 0
    I am so pleased to see that EA is setting up a platform for the independents. EA gets a bad wrap as the big bad corporate wolf, but Steam needs some competition--if for no other reason than Steam does not do the things it says it is going to. And it doesn't do it even after you've paid for the service. I have been singing the praises of Origin ever since I played Alice, Battlefield 3, and Mass Effect 3 using Origin's Cloud Save and had it work SEAMLESSLESSLY across all three games. Not one hiccup, even through multiple updates on each game. Compare that to Batman AC and the Witcher 2 on Steam, both of which simply up and lost all of my save games at random. Origin just works. Period. I could personally care less that EA is a corporate behemoth, but for some Origin users that seems to be a sticking point. Hopefully this indipendent distribution promotion will help answer some of those concerns. --Hank
    May 20, 2012
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    I think thats cool of EA, but they also said crowd sourced (just saying I would love more indie games on origin regardless of if they are crowd-sourced or not)
    May 20, 2012
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  14. Comment Flagged 0 -1
    Origin is a BAD copy of STEAM that runs in a browser. Had software I purchased that would not work, for over a month. Asked for a refund, they refused until I threatened to report to the BBB, they finally say they will refund, will see if it hits my account this week. If they ever get their act together, stop SPAMMING desktops, and get out of browsers they may be useful,, until then ORIGIN is a useless hack.
    May 20, 2012
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  15. Comment Flagged 0 -3
    Hilarious how people are saying "Steam has competition now.".... Are you people insane or just flat out retarded? There is no competition. And if competition with Steam WERE possible, it sure as HELL isn't coming from Origin. I literally sat here and laughed at comments that mentioned that. Just.... no. Oh and this "waiving fees" is just another EA con. Hope noone falls for it. Never hated a company more, I swear...
    May 20, 2012
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