David DeMartini, senior VP of global e-commerce at EA, says that it is his company's hope to make its digital distribution platform Origin "a better version" of Valve's Steam service. Do you remember when EA said that Origin was never meant to compete with Steam and that it was yanking its games from Valve's service because of restrictions on the ability to directly patch titles? Yeah...
"If MySpace had stayed the one answer in social networking and no one switched to Facebook, then we'd all be stuck on MySpace right now and we wouldn't have had the Facebook phenomenon," DeMartini told MCV. "There are better mousetraps that ultimately get built out of this innovation and the only way you get to the innovation is to have other people try and do a better version of what someone has previously done. And that's what we're attempting to do on Origin."
DeMartini goes on to say that EA didn't expect to "out-feature" Steam within the first 12 months of the service's operation, that they have "built the foundation," and are starting to add value to the Origin "off that foundation."
While EA may have some major brands available on Origin (mostly its own) many would say that Steam is no "MySpace," and Origin certainly isn't "Facebook."