EA: Steam sales “cheapen” intellectual property”

Origin boss David DeMartini has launched an attack of Steam, stating that heavily discounted games “cheapens” a developer’s intellectual property.

Steam is known for it’s sales – the daily, weekly and whenever-we-want-them kind – wtih discounts of up to 75 per cent. DeMartini has told everyone not to expect the same from EA’s Origin service.

“We won’t be doing that,” said DeMartini. “Obviously they think it’s the right thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it cheapens your intellectual property.

“I know both sides of it, I understand it. If you want to sell a whole bunch of units, that is certainly a way to do that, to sell a whole bunch of stuff at a low price. The game makers work incredibly hard to make this intellectual property, and we’re not trying to be Target. We’re trying to be Nordstrom.”

Origin is presently the number two digital game service with roughly 11 million registered users. Steam is number one with over 40 million.

Source: Gamesindustry International

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  • Guest

    Spoken by a true corporate greedy moron. What a scumbag.

    • Krygti

      scumbags make the money. EA loves money


      Not even that, just a fool. Valve runs their sales to make money, full stop. It’s no secret, they have published the data and explained why they do it. Valve’s motivation is also greed.

      So Valve has literally provided EA with a documented strategy that makes more money, and all this guy can do is dismiss it. He is a complete idiot who has no business working for a business that wants to make money.

      And Origin is utter crap. Nobody likes it. Universally reviled. And you know what everyone compares it to unfavorably? Steam. This is just sour grapes, so sour this guy won’t even copy Valve’s proprietary money-making IP.

  • Kaz

    Only reason Origin is even ranked number two is because they force you to install that garbage to play their games (BF3…)

    Steam wasn’t exactly pretty when it came out, but credit where its deserved, its a polished platform now.

    It has something for everyone, and heck sales are what makes money… ask any retailer.