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EA Takes Another Shot of Steam


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Those wily fellows at PC Gamer discovered something yesterday that I found rather interesting. Here’s the general idea:

We recently learned that it’s possible to activate a selection of EA games bought on Steam on Origin. We’ve successfully redeemed keys for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, Alice: Madness Returns and Dragon Age 2. There may be more.

So, in effect, you can export your new EA Steam client games to EA’s new Origin system.

The takeaway here is that it’s clear that EA wants everyone who plays EA PC games to solely use its new system and leave Steam alone– all you need to do is look at the Battlefield 3 fiasco and the fact that Star Wars: The Old Republic digital downloads will only be available on Origin.

Back to the PCG story, I was reading the comments and found this funny:

Great! Now when there’s an update for one of my games, EA and Steam will fight over which one of them will get to download and apply it.

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Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

2 thoughts to “EA Takes Another Shot of Steam”

  1. Stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid! This is going to be like that games of windows live bullshit, where I have to activate games on both services or some shit. Goddammit. I’m still not buying PC games for 60$ EA! You hear me! Not ever!

  2. We’ll see when Battlefield 3 and/or TOR come out what you’re buying or not buying for $60.

    edit: Meant this to be a reply to HuffmanD.

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