EA launching digital distribution service

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Yay, more software to install
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal Electronic Arts will be unveiling a new digital distribution service similar to Steam at E3 this year. The PC download service will be called Origin and will feature Star Wars MMO The Old Republic as a digital exclusive
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Pity these services generally sell the games I want for the same price I can get them at a shop for.
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I resisted Steam until 2010 and Civ5 - lets see how long before EA releases a game so good I am willing to install their crap software in order to play.

Looking at EA's recent track record I'd say a million years...
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Yes - they should be cheaper as there are no printing, packaging and distribution costs.
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Climbing on the bandwagon?
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I wonder how restrictive the DRM will be with games sold over this system? Given EA's record, very oppressive.

Dont see the need for this at least not until I can afford a faster uncapped, unshaped internet account...
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How many applications will we be running in the background in the next few years just to play a game? Now I think I can count Steam, Games for windows live and now this. Also note that these apps all use in-game integration(in game chat apps etc.) game performance can and probably will suffer.

Tribble wrote:Yes - they should be cheaper as there are no printing, packaging and distribution costs.
I doubt the costs of the actual packaging/printing etc. amounts to even 5% of the price of the game.
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Siemens wrote:How many applications will we be running in the background in the next few years just to play a game? Now I think I can count Steam, Games for windows live and now this. Also note that these apps all use in-game integration(in game chat apps etc.) game performance can and probably will suffer.

Tribble wrote:Yes - they should be cheaper as there are no printing, packaging and distribution costs.
I doubt the costs of the actual packaging/printing etc. amounts to even 5% of the price of the game.
Packaging, shipping, handling, store markup and employee costs. I'd say a good 50%. :P

Edit: As long as The Old Republic still comes in a retail version!
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Prime wrote: Packaging, shipping, handling, store markup and employee costs. I'd say a good 50%. :P
That must be why most new games on steam costs exactly the same as retail ;)
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Siemens wrote:
Prime wrote: Packaging, shipping, handling, store markup and employee costs. I'd say a good 50%. :P
That must be why most new games on steam costs exactly the same as retail ;)
As usual, take the sentence out of context. :roll:

You don't for a minute think the prices of games on steam are representitive of the actual costs? And if steam prices them close to retail = steam making a mint!

For the record, they are actually cheaper than local games in alot of cases, with our crappy exchange rate. :wink:
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Retail stores buy a whole lot of copies at a time and if they order too many then it's their own problem, moving that stock is up to them. EA already has their cash. If a game sells out at a retail store, then that store will probably order a whole lot more in one go instead of just a single copy they way people will buy through digital distribution. Those retail stores spend their own money doing extra marketing on the games they sell. Publisher wins that way, so I suppose it actually does cost more to sell via digital distribution.

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not if you are pick n pay. they buy on consignment. And pay nothing until it sells if your product doesn't sell picknpay makes it your problem. I believe a lot of the big retailers do the same.
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I see. Used to work that way with books, some publishers really hated Amazon.
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