Aug 14 AT 2:31 PM Dustin Earley 16 Comments

EA’s Origin coming to Android

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Today game developer EA announced that their answer to digital distribution stores, Origin, will be expanding onto more platforms in the coming year. New additions include a long awaited Android client.

In the age of the all-important ecosystem, digital storefronts are all the rage. Sucking customers in and getting them to stay is the end goal of content distribution these days. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Steam and Amazon are all doing it. Now it’s EA’s turn.

Origin is essentially EA’s app store. EA uses Origin as a way to conveniently house games and content associated with them, and provide a direct to consumers purchase model that has them seeing more profits. Once Origin is released on Android, the theory is that users will download the service, and instead of sifting through Google Play for EA games, buy through Origin.

Whether or not Origin for Android will really turn out like this, however, isn’t clear yet. Origin for Android may turn out to be more of a link hub than an actual app store. Either way, Origin for Android is sure to feature enough exclusive content for avid gamers to give it a shot. Look for more release info on Origin for Android soon.

Source: Forbes

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    This will last until the Play store creates their own social gaming ecosystem that actually works.

  • Mix

    Origin tried to be Steam…it did not work for them at all.

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    BOOOOO to Origin! I know I will be in the minority, but I’ve heard nothing positive about the service. I don’t want them looking into my phone, which is waaay more personal than my PC.

    “There is quite an extraordinary clause in the EULA of EA’s new game service, Origin. One that may well make you think twice about installing the software on your PC. Under the title of “Consent to Collection and Use of Data”, the clause states that by installing Origin you are giving EA permission to “collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer, operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware.””
    -http://www.nerdbuster.com/2011/09/eas-origin-wants-to-scan-your-pc-and-invade-your-privacy/

    I would look hard into the Origin’s ToS when it comes to Android. I don’t find them changing their stance on privacy any time soon. My phone is mine. I don’t let random strangers take a look at what apps I’m using, or who I communicate with. I don’t need a game that bad.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      I don’t think you’re in the minority. I and every other gamer I know despises Origin as well.

      • clocinnorcal

        Add me to that list! Besides all the privacy stuff, the friends list never populates correctly and don’t get me started on the connection issues. It is just terrible.

  • cthonctic

    No thanks. Let EA keep their fascist DRM scheme.

  • GRAW

    Steam4life.

  • Chris Lewis

    Not that stoked for this. I dont want to have to brows through 3 different market apps to find games, I want them all in one place!

  • eSo

    “I really wish EA would put Origin on Android” – No one ever.

  • nivekkev

    If this Origin thing is just a place to showcase EA apps but when you want to install them it then directs you to the Play Store then I don’t have a problem with that. If it does more than that say like a direct download or makes you have to be connected to the internet to be able to play the games, I won’t be using that. Once I install an app, I should be able to play it whether I have an internet connect or not…

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    EA please bring Dragon Age to android.

  • CrCross

    Unfortunately this I is just a portal app to buy their PC games just like Steam for Android but without the sales that have made Steam so popular.

  • CrCross

    And yes I hate Origin and have not played a bunch of games not available on Steam cause I refuse to support EA as a publisher there’s a reason it was voted one of the worst companies

  1. This will last until the Play store creates their own social gaming ecosystem that actually works.

  2. Origin tried to be Steam…it did not work for them at all.

  3. BOOOOO to Origin! I know I will be in the minority, but I’ve heard nothing positive about the service. I don’t want them looking into my phone, which is waaay more personal than my PC.

    “There is quite an extraordinary clause in the EULA of EA’s new game service, Origin. One that may well make you think twice about installing the software on your PC. Under the title of “Consent to Collection and Use of Data”, the clause states that by installing Origin you are giving EA permission to “collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer, operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware.””
    -http://www.nerdbuster.com/2011/09/eas-origin-wants-to-scan-your-pc-and-invade-your-privacy/

    I would look hard into the Origin’s ToS when it comes to Android. I don’t find them changing their stance on privacy any time soon. My phone is mine. I don’t let random strangers take a look at what apps I’m using, or who I communicate with. I don’t need a game that bad.

  4. No thanks. Let EA keep their fascist DRM scheme.

  5. Not that stoked for this. I dont want to have to brows through 3 different market apps to find games, I want them all in one place!

  6. eSoGuest 3 years ago

    “I really wish EA would put Origin on Android” – No one ever.

  7. If this Origin thing is just a place to showcase EA apps but when you want to install them it then directs you to the Play Store then I don’t have a problem with that. If it does more than that say like a direct download or makes you have to be connected to the internet to be able to play the games, I won’t be using that. Once I install an app, I should be able to play it whether I have an internet connect or not…

  8. EA please bring Dragon Age to android.

  9. Unfortunately this I is just a portal app to buy their PC games just like Steam for Android but without the sales that have made Steam so popular.

  10. And yes I hate Origin and have not played a bunch of games not available on Steam cause I refuse to support EA as a publisher there’s a reason it was voted one of the worst companies