EA and Origins
I just read this article about how Mass Effect 3 will not be on Steam and this article on that you will need Origin to play the PC version and can’t help but shake my head at EA.
It’s a bit sad how they are pushing Origin on people, especially since their Terms of Service state that “By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action“, “YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL” and “YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING” (all quotes are copied from the ToS). So basically you can’t team up with people to sue them, you can’t sue in court or anything like that. And this is simply by having an EA/Origins account.
Now, I have an Origins account and I’ve already accepted these terms, but I still don’t like it. Only reason I have Origins really is because I have to if I want to be able to play Battlefield 3, have access to the Pinnacle Station DLC for Mass Effect and in all likelihood Star Wars the Old Republic. And the thing is, I had Pinnacle Station on what was the EA Download Manager previously, but I automatically had to upgrade to Origin to be able to access it, plus I already had a social.bioware account which was automatically merged into my EA account (which basically turned into an Origins account). So I didn’t have much of a choice if I still wanted to use these old services.
Also, in the first article they state their reason for not releasing Mass Effect 3 on Steam is that “Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content” which is basically just a bullshit way of saying that steam won’t let them hook up stuff with Origins, thus they won’t release on Steam.
Clever some might say, but it’s still a bit of a dirty play in my eyes.
Not that that’s anything new coming from EA, but I’m sad to see that such a giant in the industry only seem to try to squeeze every last penny out of their customers instead of actually checking what their customers want.
I fear for every developer under the EA flag, but I’m hoping that I’ll see my fears are ungrounded in the future.