The future of video games is in the cloud according to the best and brightest among us. So it should come as no shock that Gamefly, the Netflix-like disc-rental company for video games founded back in 2002, is shutting down its streaming service by the end of this month as the technology transitions to EA’s Origin platform where players will be able to stream games under the Origin Access Premier program. This news follows on the heels of EA’s acquisition of Gamefly’s tech and Israeli services team back in May. It was believed then that EA purchased Gamefly’s streaming technology and its infrastructure in order to better compete with Sony’s existent service and planned services from rival companies. Founded back in 2002, Gamefly allows subscribers to rent games through the mail in a business model that is similar to what launched Netflix into the stratosphere when that company was founded back in 1997. Since discs were all the rage when Netflix debuted … [Read more...] about Gamefly Shutters Streaming Service, Tech Transitions to EA’s Origin Online
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EA Launches Origin Access Premier PC Subscription Service Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) announced that players can sign up for Origin Access Premier, a new subscription tier for PC that offers full access to EA’s latest releases for the first time ever. Members will play the full game days before launch featuring valuable extra content including in-game currency, plus all the benefits of the Basic membership that features an ever-evolving library of games 100+ games in The Vault. “Origin Access Premier puts a wealth of content into the hands of the players, including numerous titles from EA and other publishers in a single membership,” said Michael Blank, Senior Vice President, Player Network. “As our first-ever subscription service with full access to newly-released EA games, we’re offering players more freedom to play the games they want, anytime they want.” Players can join Origin Access Premier now to start playing previously … [Read more...] about EA Launches Origin Access Premier PC Subscription Service
Do you trust EA with your money? Want to do so on a regular basis? Then you are set up and primed for the company’s new premium Origin Access subscription service. This service, which is now live, adds a $15/month “premier” subscription tier on top of its previous $5/month basic service. The service promises a five-day head start access for titles, extra currency for games, and all of the access to current and upcoming games that are covered under the basic tier. You’ll get some new titles with the service too, including The Sims 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront II. Origin Access is also going to be handling BioWare’s Anthem, giving players a head start date of February 15th, 2019. What wasn’t sent out in EA’s press release, however, was the fact that the company has quietly discontinued its free “on the house” game giveaways that it used to hold on a regular basis. Source: Press release, Origin AccessSHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about EA adds new Origin Access premier membership that includes Anthem head start
During EA Play this weekend, EA announced Origin Access Premier, its attempt at a subscription service on PC. For $100 a year, you’ll basically get a service pretty similar to what already exists on Xbox: You’ll be able to play all the big new games, like Anthem, plus other titles within the Origin Vault, for that flat fee. Subscriptions rise again, right? Is this a good thing for games outside the service? “As always, I want to Bree to win the lottery, buy up some MMOs and take them to the Island of Misfit MMOs where $200 per annum gets you sub/pref access to all of RIFT, LOTRO, STO, SWTOR, et al.,” MOP tipster Sally wrote to us, urging us to write about the sub. “But picture that you are a hard-working indie dev. You already have the issues with dealing with Steam. Now a customer has to decide whether to buy your game or just play something like Anthem for no additional cost.” Will you be subbing to EA’s new Origin Access Premier service? Do … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Will you sub to EA’s new ‘Origin Access Premier’ service?
Back when Origin/EA Access debuted on PC and Xbox, I said that it was one of the most gutsy things that Electronic Arts has done in their history next to the Origin Guarantee (refund policy) and my reasoning was pretty simple: By showing off their games in 10 hour trials before launch, EA is taking two major risks that players could A.) burn out of the game within that ten hour window and B.) If the game isn’t good, it can tank day one sales. And you don’t have to look far for evidence of this, because Battlefront II is a prime example of a game that most assuredly lost a lot of day one sales because of the reception to the early access demo. Yes, the service costs money and for many the $30 per year is worth it to cover the included vault games as well as the ability to personally preview new releases and see if they are worth it. Even if you are not an Origin subscriber, you still see a benefit in that other people are playing the games early and able to report on their … [Read more...] about [Column] EA Origin Premier Is A Value Proposition