by Mike Bendel on May 18, 2012 @ 10:33 am
With Kickstarter becoming especially popular in the gaming sector, it’s no surprise that gaming behemoth EA wants a piece of the action. To that end, the company is waiving any distribution costs on Origin for titles that have been successfully crowd-funded. Any costs associated with distribution will be completely free for 90 days.
Currently, Origin boasts a userbase of 12 million gamers worldwide.
“The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Origin senior VP David DeMartini. He added, “It’s also 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.”
Notably, inXile Entertainment has already jumped on board to take advantage of this distribution deal on a non-exclusive basis. Wasteland 2, a post-apocalyptic that raked in over 2.9 million from Kickstarter backers, is headed to Origin – joining the previously announced Steam and DRM free release. Whatever gripes you may have with Origin, you have to admit this is a nice initiative from EA – especially since it comes with no strings attached. Interested parties can fill out the application form over on EA’s site for more information.
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