Origin automatically adding EA games bought from Steam

Posted By | On 28th, Feb. 2012 Under News | Follow This Author @Shubhankar2508


For those of you who think of EA as a mega evil corporation- and maybe rightly so- this might as a bit of a shock to you. According to forum posts on Day One Patch (via Joystiq), Origin users have noticed that games like mass Effect and Dead Space 2 and others are automatically appearing on their accounts.

This is probably happening because Origin is checking computers for files on old EA games and if players have bought them using Steam or other digital distributors, these games are popping up on their Origin accounts.

Seems like a pretty good move to me. Origin has been related to bad press quite a lot in the past, like being absolutely necessary to be able to play games like Mass Effect 3 or Syndicate in the past and other negative feedback, so it’s nice to have a break from that.

But the distribution service has been seeing a lot of growth. Not only have new developers and publishers been hopping on board with it, it’s also managed to garner a lot of users. At the beginning of this month, it was announced that 9.3 million users had registered on Origin. That is a pretty impressive number, and it looks like Steam might have some competition.

Stay tuned to GB for more updates.

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  • charles2029

    Oh EA, you so sneaky!

  • Shbito

    You do realize that 9.3 million people “registered” with Origin because you NEED it to play games like BF3 and ME3…. right? Had EA not tied up those games exclusivity to Origin, I bet you wouldn’t see those numbers.

    • ruu

      Pretty much this
      If I could have bought BF3 and ME3 on steam I would have no need for origin (Luckily I dont have to start up origin each time I want to play swtor).

  • Stephen M

    Well my Disc copy of ME1 is not on my Origin Lib. So Im not too sure with the above.

  • 123

    So EA’s Origin is scanning your computer for hell knows what. Pretty sure they said they removed this. If I wanted an EA game added to Origin I’d do it myself.


 

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