EA who recently launched its online video game buying service Origins, has announced that it will be helping small developers by providing free distribution if the game is a successful crowed funded title. The Electronic Arts owned Origins is a platform much like Valve’s Steam. It offers a host of video games for the consumers through its online portal that include popular titles such as Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Sim City.
The publisher sent out great news to small developers who have problem distributing their games. According to the publisher, if developers develop a successful crowed funded title, the publisher will help distribute the game through Origins for at least 90 days after its launch.
The first crowed funded game to arrive on EA’s online service is confirmed. The title Wasteland 2, developed by Inexile Entertainment proved its worth when the project was posted on Kickstarter and gained as much as $2.93 million during the start of the year. Brian Fargo, CEO of EA said that helping the studio distribute the game for the first 90 days will save the developers a lot of effort and financial damage.
Following EA’s move to support small developers by distributing their games for free has earned a lot of respect from different developers across the world. Jane Jensen, the designer behind the popular Gabriel Knight expressed her gratitude for EA’s new initiative by saying that she was glad that such a huge publisher has decided to help small developers who have a lot of trouble distributing their games. Jane Jensen has also been working on a new crowed funded title ‘Pinterton Road’, which has reached its targeted $300,000.
The praise from Jensen should not be taken as a sign that her new game will become part of EA’s new initiative. EA spoke to the popular game magazine Gamespot and confirmed that Jensen’s new crowed funded title ‘Moebius’ is not going to be the part of the initiative.