Origin Waives Distribution Fees for 90 Days on Crowd-Funded Games
Electronic Arts gets a bad rap for pretty much everything, but they’re really not SO bad. Case in point: today they announced that their online game store, Origin, will waive distribution fees for 90 days for any game that’s been crowd-funded via services like Kickstarter.
Here’s what David DeMartini, the senior vice president of Origin, had to say about the move:
“The crowd-funding movement is incredibly healthy for the gaming industry. Gamers around the world deserve a chance to play every great new game, and by waiving distribution fees on Origin we can help make that a reality for successfully crowd-funded developers.”
This applies for any game that’s successfully crowd-funded, ready-to-publish, downloadable PC game. Pretty nice!
And let’s also think about this: EA, as a publishing giant, should, in theory, be against crowd-funded games. After all, by funding a developer directly, it cuts out the publishing side of things, meaning potentially lost revenue for the company. This move, though, finds a way to reward up-and-coming, independent developers who are making games that consumers want to buy, while still bringing people to EA. It’s win-win, I tell you!
Well? What do you think? C’mon, let’s show EA a little love this time. Way to go, Electronic Arts. WAY TO GO, I SAY.