Steam Gets a New Rival
Steam has been dominating the digital distribution of games for a long time now, and only recently has Microsoft announced that it will open its own digital distribution service. But now a second competitor has announced its arrival. EA has revealed that it is going to start its own digital download service with more than 150 games available to purchase at launch. It's also going to be the only place to buy Star Wars: The Old Republic digitally, when it's out. It will be possible to fetch friend lists from web sites such as Facebook. Users can create their own profile page to keep track of progress in their games and will have some of the same social tools as Steam. Origin, as EA calls the service, plans to spread to smartphones in the future.