EA's Origin Fuels Competition in PC Gaming Market, Minecraft Creator Says

Notch shares his thoughts on the digital distribution service from EA

The presence of Electronic Arts' Origin service in the digital distribution market is a good thing, at least according to the creator of indie hit Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson, as it provides competition to other services, including Valve's Steam.

Electronic Arts launched Origin last year and, while it wasn't exactly a smooth release, the service is getting better and better, managing to win over new users and to increase its video game portfolio.

While quite a lot of gamers still disapprove of Origin, Markus Persson, the creator of the hugely popular independent game Minecraft, believes it's a good thing, as it provides competition to the other digital distribution services out there.

"I think it's a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam," he told GameSpy. "I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary. So I like that there are others competing - for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It's a good thing that there are more."

In terms of the actual service, Persson isn't so kind, as he says EA should've made Origin much better right from the get go, as it could have taken its time and study rivals like Steam in order to make sure everything was great from the beginning.

"Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam - which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam," he added. "They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it. But I think, in principle, it's a good thing."

EA has recently promised that things will get better and better for Origin users, and the service is already looking more attractive than its earlier versions.

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