When EA first launched its Origin digital distribution platform there was a concern that the program was accessing and collecting data on users' computers. A strange occurrence spotted by members of Day One Patch shows that Origin is – at the very least – collecting and using information on what EA games are installed on a given PC. So what is it doing with that information? Apparently it is adding EA games bought and played on Valve's Steam to users' Origin accounts.
According to forum posts on Day One Patch, players noticed that EA games such as Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect were automatically appearing in their Origin game lists. They have come to the conclusion that Origin is checking users' computers for any EA-related files and adding them automatically. Origin is not informing users about what it is doing on any of these computers either.
"Origin automatically scrapes file names to find known games and add them," noted one forum poster. Others point out that, because EA requires players to provide an email when they install and run a new game, chances are they are also using that information to migrate these titles to Origin.
Remember when people were complaining that Origin would snoop around on your computer? Well this is exactly what they were talking about. Even if you consider this kind of activity harmless, EA should at least inform players about what is going on.