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EA waves Origin distribution fees for Kickstarter games

According to a press release sent out today by EA, the publisher will be waiving its distribution fees for indie companies who have funded their games on crowdsourced platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

That said, they're not opening the service to just any interested developers. Not only does the game need to be crowdfunded, but it also needs to be complete and ready to publish. EA isn't interested in flooding the service with a bunch of half-finished or terrible games.

"Crowd-funded projects are like the 'people's choice awards' -- a way for gaming fans to express what they want to buy and play," said Jane Jensen of Pinkerton Road in a press release. "It's great to see a big publisher like EA acknowledging that and opening up distribution opportunities for these games."

The combination seems like a match made in heaven. Indie developers get free access to Origin's 12 million customers, EA bolsters its indie cred (plus a tip of the hat from hardcore gaming fans), and gamers get easier access to some great games.

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4 comments

  • c-c-c-combo breaker - May 20, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    HA
  • Jacko415 - May 20, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Aaaawww... EA is butthurt about thier indie bundle not being indie enough
  • Darkhawk - May 18, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    DRM DRM DRM
  • Shadow Of Death - May 18, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    I wonder if steam will follow suit? I mean, if any digital distributor can afford to waive distribution fees, it's Steam. I wonder what exactly they're waiving though? Is it just the cost on the Dev's side for adding the game to Origin, and a fee for the bandwidth it consumes? Or (less likely) the profits (which could also be considered 'distribution fees')? Almost certainly the former, but some clarification is in order I think.

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