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EA’s Origins, a digital downloading platform, is currently in the process of a rename. According to the company, the account for your EA gaming will changed to the simple “EA Accounts” name. No other changes have been announced and the conversion process will occur over the next few weeks.
While the company has not given any reason for the change, it is more than likely a move to negate bad press. Since its inception, Origin has been seen as a lesser version of Steam, Valve’s popular and proven digital distribution software. In addition to making games from their developers require the use of Origin, even if purchased by hard copy or from other sources, EA has removed their some games from being played through other sources at all. The worst offender, according to critics, is the requirement of internet connection to play the games, even in a single player capacity, a form of Digital Rights Management.
Though the criticisms are many, there are some positive things to say: while considered lesser than Steam, Origin has only been in its current form since 2011 and Steam itself wasn’t perfect when it arrived. Origins also offers a free game every month, and has over 50 million users on the platform.