Originally Posted by GanjaSMK
Origin isn't taking from Steam, they aren't selling games that they do not publish and they aren't competing. I am not mistaken.
Are you under the impression that they are because they sell some Source games? Valve published those through EA to get the Orange Box on consoles. Valve doesn't have any other source of publication for consoles. Well, not to say that they couldn't but it's obvious EA is a huge conglomerate that makes it's best revenue on the console side of their sales.
Would you explain how each delivery system is competing?
They are both digital distribution platforms. This isn't about if they are identical services; they obviously aren't and they obviously have different approaches and function, but it's not that hard to see that EA is learning/taking a bit from Valve/Steam in the PC digital distribution/client side of things, and they do have some crossover which makes it competition, no? Yes, they have different approaches and functions, but to say they aren't competing at all
As for selling other games, I wasn't thinking of Valve's console games.
Maybe I'm wrong, but Batman Arkham City, Batman Arkham Asylum, and Saints Row: The Third aren't EA's, are they? That's just from one quick glance, although the vast majority of the rest all do appear EA-ish. I'd still count Valve's games too because they offer them (and it's not just the console versions). They also offer Popcap games, although they own them now. It's still an option of the service they provide. I recall it being said that they weren't just EA games anymore, but I could be wrong on that part.
Regardless, they still offer these services. I guess if those games don't count just because they are their own, then you can't count EA's games on Steam, nor came you count Valve's own games on Steam. Well, that'd be just ludicrous. You have to count them because they offer them. It's not so much about who makes/publishes it; it's about what they offer, and how they offer it. Sure, I agree that Valve/Steam is doing it better, but to say EA isn't in that space is just being too passive based on some details in my opinion. EA has good games (IMO), and a decent service (IMO), even if Steam is better. They can and may strong arm their way in with exclusive content using their own games not unlike how Valve did. There will be loud complaints at first, but there was with Steam too.Edited by Princess Garnet - 1/15/12 at 5:53pm