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EA Accounts to replace Origin Accounts in the coming weeks

by Mark Tyson on 20 July 2015, 12:06

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), Origin

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Some Origin users are reporting that they have received emails about a significant account branding change. The email says that "in the coming weeks your Origin Account will be renamed to an EA Account". Nothing else is expected to change about the electronic games distribution accounts.

Origin Account users are reassured of the following:

"Your Account identity, preferences, and order history will remain unchanged.
You will continue to use this account and the same login credentials to access all EA games, web sites, and services, including Origin."

The reasoning behind the change was not put forward to users in the brief email. In the coming weeks the changes will happen automatically – with no user intervention - and no features seem to be scheduled to be added or taken away from what users currently have.

Origin was launched in 2011 by EA and has over 50 million users. Let's hope the change for these millions can be implemented smoothly, without breaking links to PSN and Xbox Live Account linking, for example.

I have an Origin Account with several On The House games in it that I have collected over the last couple of years. However I have not received any emails or had any press releases come in from EA/Origin about the upcoming changes.



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I remember the nightmare that occurred when they switched over to Origin… glad I don't have a lot of product on this platform.
I wish they'd make up there minds what they want the service to be called ! And they are not exactly creating confidence in their steam copycat platform by changing what its called every few years, like guidoLS said when they changed it to Origin it caused enough problems last time.
Same, they used to put everything through Steam, a true game manager that encompassed everything from large communities, modding, sales and much much more.

Now we have to live with a system heavy, extremely expensive, slow platform that sucks the life out of me when I try to use it.

I promise, making me switch to that lost them money. I have never purchased anything from Origin and by the looks of things I never will.
Praetorian66
Now we have to live with a system heavy, extremely expensive, slow platform that sucks the life out of me when I try to use it.

I promise, making me switch to that lost them money. I have never purchased anything from Origin and by the looks of things I never will.

This is indicative of a lot of peoples viewpoint. My experience has been that in most cases, it's a “toys out of pram” response due to the persons love of steam and fracturing of the marketplace.

I am not sure I have had any Origin issues and I use it a fair amount, since day 1. Sure there are some things they could do better, sure they could provide more cloud storage but to call it system heavy and slow, while bigging up steam isn't exactly fair. Calling it expensive when Steam RRPs are just as bad isn't fair either. Both Stem and Origin (as well as uplay) keys are available fairly cheaply elsewhere ;)

Lets not forget, if Steam had been less greedy with fees, we probably wouldn't even have Origin and uPlay.
I only have a couple games on origin so this won't effect me much.

Regarding Steam vs Origin my entire basis for opinion is how well they work. I have about 10 games on origin and for about 2 months after I bought it PVZ 2 would crash. Without fail after about 10 minutes. I couldn't work out what the issue was for love nor money. For Steam the only real issues I've had are co-op on Magicka when some of the people are on the same local network is a bit jenkball and Worms multiplayer is hit or miss. Not bad for a library in excess of 120 games.

Would prefer no problems at all though ;)