EA’s Origin is jumping on the Kickstarter bandwagon – no, not by Kickstarting an EA game (that would be hilarious) but instead, by presenting itself as an ally to crowd-funded games.
EA announced today that it will waive distribution fees for crowd-funded games for 90 days after launch. The offer is extended only to “fully-funded, complete and ready-to-publish games designed for digital download to PC platforms.” InXile’s Brian Fargo and Pinkerton Road’s Jane Jensen voiced their support in the press release.
“The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Origin SVP David DeMartini in the announcement. “It’s also incredibly healthy for the gaming industry. Gamers around the world deserve a chance to play every great new game, and by waiving distribution fees on Origin we can help make that a reality for successfully crowd-funded developers.” EA also gets a nice patina of indirect indie cred by supporting Kickstarted games.