Origin’s ‘Aim’ is To Be Better Than Steam
“I didn’t expect to be able to out-feature Steam within the first 12 months. But I’m quite optimistic we will differentiate ourselves as a service. We’ve built the foundation and now we are starting to add value to the service off of that foundation.”
These are the words of Electronic Art’s Senior Vice President of Global ecommerce, David DeMartini during an interview discussion with MCV about EA’s digital distribution platform Origin going up against Valve’s long-running service, Steam.
DeMartini went on to compare the Origin vs. Steam debate to a situation he feels is similar, Facebook vs. MySpace:
“If MySpace had stayed the one answer in social networking and no one switched to Facebook, then we’d all be stuck on MySpace right now and we wouldn’t have had the Facebook phenomenon.”
“There are better mousetraps that ultimately get built out of this innovation and the only way you get to the innovation is to have other people try and do a better version of what someone has previously done.
And that’s what we’re attempting to do on Origin.”
And as Joystiq so cleverly pointed out, you’d be dumb to expect giant markdown sales on digital games on Origin like Steam so frequently does. Why? Because this very man recently criticized the very practice, saying that big and cheap digital sales “cheapen intellectual property.”