Originally Posted by jackeyjoe
It was obvious it was going to be needed,
Please give me a press release where they have clearly(or even implied that), as far as I've seen they are not going to let other devs in. Until I see another developers game on it, I will call shenanigans and brand this as rumours. Keep in mind steam didn't start off how EA did though, it was started to make releasing patches for CS much easier. They didn't even distribute the actual game over it until much later(and up until that time it was optional)... and was, not surprisingly the same time they signed up other developers for it. This isn't the same lol
Call shenanigans all you'd like. I honestly cant be bothered to find the video/article or wherever I saw it. They have said that they'd like to become a leader in digital distribution and even they know they aren't going to achieve that simply selling EA games.
Also, Origin is simply EAs download manager with visual/functional updates. That downloader that already existed was mainly used for patching games etc, but its evolved into a game distribution/social hub too.
And of course EA are not going to copy to the tee what Valve did when starting steam, as there wasn't exactly the kind of competition there is now when Steam started, nor is was there the technology.
At the end of the day, if steam die hards are going to say "I don't like this idea and I dont want all other games companies to start doing this", they should realise that they should have thought about that BEFORE helping make steam and its business model as successful as it is right now.