Origin accounts will be rebranded as 'EA Accounts'

July 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In case you missed the email on Friday or you're not an Origin subscriber, EA let Origin account holders know that their "Origin" accounts would be rebranded as "EA" accounts soon.

The company said that the change will happen in a few weeks and it is doing it so that these accounts "better represent all of EA's games and services."

Is Origin, EA's Steam-like digital distribution platform going away?

That is unknown as of this writing and EA did not give any indication that this would be the case moving forward.

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Superdata: U.S. digital sales climb 18 percent in June

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new digital sales data from research firm Superdata, digital games sales in June rose an impressive 18 percent (to $1.02 billion) compared to June 2014. Superdata's numbers are based on the digital point-of-sale data it collects from developers, publishers, and payment service providers.

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EEDAR: digital-only titles account for 66 percent of releases on consoles

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

New data from research firm EEDAR concludes that around 66 percent of console releases are digital-only. According to that new data, the digital / retail only split has been reversed since 2008 to 2014. In 2008, it was mostly an even split, with retail representing 44 percent of console releases compared to 40 percent for digital-only and 16 percent for releases using both methods.

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PlayStation Now launches on Samsung Smart TVs

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's digital game rental / streaming service PlayStation Now is now available on Samsung's line-up of smart televisions in the United States and Canada.  While consumers who own such a TV will be able to play select PS3 titles without any downloads, they'll still need to own a DualShock 4 controller.

PlayStation Now costs $19.99 a month, though you can buy a time block of three months for $44.99. To promote the new service on Samsung smart televisions Sony is offering a one week trial.

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Desura parent Bad Juju files for bankruptcy

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bad Juju, the parent company of digital distribution platform Desura and game bundle site Indie Royale, has filed for bankruptcy, according to reports from Gamasutra and Eurogamer.

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Report: global gaming market will generate $93 billion in annual revenue by 2019

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers suggest that the slowdown in traditional hardware won't offset growth in game-related digital distribution and other services, with the games business hitting annual revenues of $93 billion by 2019.  The findings come from the PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global and Entertainment Media Outlook 2015-2019 report - released this week and detailed by GI.

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BBC's 'Watchdog' investigates Sony's digital refund policy

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Pro-consumer BBC television program "Watchdog" will take on Sony over its digital refunds policy related to its home console systems tonight, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The episode is the result of some high profile complaints against Sony's refund policy for digital goods on the PS3 - with a particular focus on a victim of identity theft named John Lappin.

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'Hatred' won't be available on GOG.com

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Creative Destruction announced today that, while its game Hatred will be coming to Steam and Desura next week, it apparently won't be available on GOG.com. In a press release issued today the Poland-based developer said that GOG.com evaluated releasing the game on in its digital distribution platform, but ultimately decided not to.  

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Bethesda begins deactivating illegally obtained ' Elder Scrolls Online' keys

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Softworks revealed via this update to the official Elder Scrolls Online site that it has begun deactivating game accounts that were created using "stolen keys." In the post from Bethesda community manager Jason Leavey, the company claims that these keys were likely bought with stolen credit cards via Steam or with customers' credit cards without their permission of knowledge.

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Desura addresses delays in payments to developers

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital games distribution platform Desura is making the news this week for not paying developers who sell their games on the platform in a timely manner - or at all - depending on who you ask. It took several developers taking to social media and highlighting an old Reddit thread for the company owned by Bad Juju to address the problem publicly.

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Microsoft 'not looking to directly compete with Steam'

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft says that the digital store it is deploying with Windows 10, Window 10 phones and devices, and Xbox platforms isn't trying to cut into Steam's business - even though it's kind of trying to cut into Steam's business. Ahem. GamesBeat, who was in attendance at the recent Casual Connect Asia in Singapore, has the dirty little details on Microsoft's digital storefront plans.

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Report: CD Projekt RED lets pirates patch 'The Witcher 3,' urges them to buy it

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Whether you bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or downloaded it from a torrent (and didn't pay for it), CD Projekt RED will allow you to apply a day one update; at the same time one of the game's developers is urging people to buy it. CD Projekt RED has always taken a "do no harm" policy when it comes to DRM, which in turn makes it a lot easier to pirate the game. Right now the game's files are available - save the locked executable which won't work until next week - and they are already on file-sharing sites for download everywhere.

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Get five classic THQ games DRM-free at GOG.com

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is offering five new titles to its library - all formerly published by bankrupt publisher THQ - now owned by Deep Silver and Nordic Games. To celebrate these games landing on GOG.com, they are being offered for between 50 - 66 percent off, and also DRM-free.

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Malwarebytes: look out for PUPS masquerading as the GOG Galaxy client

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Less than 30 hours after GOG.com launched its Galaxy beta client, scammers were lining up to trick gamers into infecting their computers with malware, according to a new blog post from security research firm and anti-virus software maker Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes security analyst Jovi Umawing details how some users are getting tricked in a new blog post today.

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Report: Australians could face an additional tax on digital goods

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Australian consumers might find themselves being forced to pay more for digital goods purchased overseas if the government has its way. According to PlayerAttack, goods purchased overseas and intangible services could be subject to a ten percent goods and services tax (GST). Those services could includes games from Steam, streaming services such as Netflix, eBooks, and even music and movies. iTunes already pays GST on Australian sales so its pricing will not change in the region.

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EA submits to the authority of the Australian Consumer Law

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kotaku Australia reports that Electronic Arts has come to an agreement with the ACCC, the national consumer regulator for Australia, concerning giving refunds. EA said that it would not give refunds to customers of SimCity and other games bought through its Origin service way back in 2013. The Australian government disagreed and warned the publisher that it was violating the Australian Consumer Law.

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First paid 'Skyrim' mod pulled from Steam marketplace

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

With the introduction of paid community DLC and mods coming to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this week it was only a matter of time before some modder ran headlong into controversy, resulting in the whole thing being taken down. The first mod to secure this dubious distinction is the "Fishing Mod" according to this Destructoid report.

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'Easy Fatalities' DLC for 'Mortal Kombat X' gets some sunlight

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamers generally frown upon game purchasable enhancements to games that give a person an advantage over other players. One such buyable enhancement for Mortal Kombat X is getting some ink - "Easy Fatalities" - today, though developer NetherRealm never hid the fact that it would be offering the DLC; it has said in the past that it was adding "Easy Fatalities" because some players found that pulling them off in the normal fashion "too difficult."

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EA: Origin authentication responsible for 'Battlefield Hardline' lockouts, not DRM

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a problem associated with what appeared to be Battlefield Hardline's DRM when swapping out hardware components multiple times in a single computer.

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'Bloodborne' requires a 2.69GB day one update

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloodborne launches tomorrow in North America but those who have not pre-loaded the game will have to wait a little while to play it after popping in that disc or installing the download. Players will have to download a 2.69GB day one patch.

The version 1.01 update enables online play, fixes a number of bugs that made it through the net after the game was sent to manufacturing, improves general overall performance and adds the Chalice Dungeons feature. It also makes a few minor changes to the text in the game, which apparently had a few errors.

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Digital refund policy now in effect for European Steam customers

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Beginning today, Steam users in countries under the banner of the European Union can get a refund for digital purchases. For up to 14 days from the date of the original purchase of an item, Steam users are entitled to a refund under European law and Valve officially announced via its Steam Subscriber Agreement that it is following that law:

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SuperData: 'Grand Theft Auto V' Tops Digital Sales Charts in January

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The very first bit of data from research firm SuperData's new initiative to cover digital game sales shows that games from Activision and Take-Two Interactive have made the most money in the digital landscape during the month of January.

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GOG.com Adds Six Warner Bros. Interactive Titles To Its Catalog

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

DRM-free PC games digital distribution site GOG.com has added six Warner Bros. Interactive games to its catalog, with the promise of more to come to the service at a later date. For now, those interested in experiencing a handful of WBIE games DRM-free can do so by visiting GOG.com and picking them up at a steep discount.

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2K: 'BioShock 2' Will Return to Digital Marketplaces Soon

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

People freaked out a little last night when a thread on Reddit noted that 2K Games' Bioshock 2 was no longer available on digital marketplaces for Xbox platforms, PlayStation platforms, Apple's iOS store, or Steam. The game developed by Irrational had inadvertently pulled a Houdini, which in turn worried some within the community. But it turns out that this is just a temporary situation according to a 2K Games Rep:

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Five New Games Added to PlayStation Now

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's PlayStation Now subscription game streaming service will be getting five additional games today, the company announced via the PlayStation Blog. All of the new games will be PlayStation 3-era.

They include Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Volition's third-person shooter Red Faction: Armageddon, Bandai Namco's arcade shooter Galaga Legions DX, Examu's 2D fighting game Arcana Heart 3, and Sony Santa Monica Studio's God of War 2 HD. All of these games will be available beginning today.

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Ubisoft Begins Reinstating Game Codes on Origin

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After deactivating codes for some of its games on Origin last month sold by code resellers, Ubisoft has begun reinstating many of them - much to the delight of those who bought the codes. The codes were sold by third-party resellers such as Kinguin, who Ubisoft claimed bought them in bulk with stolen credit cards.

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Code Reseller Targeted By Ubisoft Denies Wrongdoing

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that Ubisoft was deactivating codes bought at code resellers for use on digital distribution platforms like Steam and EA's Origin. Well, the reason that the publisher is doing this is because - it claims - these codes were bought with fraudulent or stolen credit cards. Consumers who bought codes for games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity were not happy when Ubisoft did this for obvious reasons.

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After 21 Months of Silence, Harmonix Offers New Rock Band 3 DLC

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It has been 21 months since Rock Band developer Harmonix released any downloadable content for Rock Band 3, but today the company broke its silence on that topic to announce three new songs for its popular music game.

Today the company announced new DLC songs from Avenged Sevenfold, Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters. All three bits of DLC will be released January 13 will cost around $2 each. The songs are also compatible with Rock Band Blitz.

Those songs are:

Avenged Sevenfold -- "Shepherd Of Fire" ($2)

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GOG.com Offers Interplay Classics Cheap

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

For the next three days GOG.com is offering DRM-free classics from Interplay for cheap as part of a big Interplay sale promotion. A total of 35 games are nearly 50 percent off for the next three days.

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Apple Adopts Return Policy in Europe for Digital Purchases

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple has updated its iTunes' terms and conditions governing the sale of digital goods in the European Union. The updated terms and conditions allow consumers to cancel their purchases and ask for a refund, according to Gamasutra, but there's a few problems with these changes.

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E. Zachary KnightPapa, Of course thre is. That has now become a permanent part of the EULA boilerplate template.07/29/2015 - 12:56pm
Papa MidnightIn case anyone is interested, there is a clause written into Section 10 of Windows 10's EULA that provides for a Class Action Waiver, and restricts the user to Binding Arbitration.07/29/2015 - 11:15am
TechnogeekNo, that folder is what gets used for the upgrade process. I already had the upgrade go through on my notebook.07/29/2015 - 10:35am
Andrew EisenMatt - And AGAIN, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published? How is it not accountable to its readership (which, AGAIN, is primarily game industry folk, not gamers)?07/29/2015 - 10:10am
james_fudgeThat's the clean install, for anyone asking07/29/2015 - 9:23am
TechnogeekAlso, it's the upgrade that's available for installation now. You might need to forcibly initiate the Windows Update process before it'll start downloading, though. (If there's a C:\$Windows.~BT folder on your computer, then you're in luck.)07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekAdmittedly there's more room to push for an advertiser boycott when you get into opinion content versus pure news, but keep in mind that reviews are opinion content as well.07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekMatts: There's a difference between "this person regularly says extremely terrible stuff" and "I don't like the phrasing used in this one specific editorial".07/29/2015 - 8:45am
MattsworknameWait, is that for the upgrade or the clean install only? cause I was gonna do the upgrade07/29/2015 - 8:32am
james_fudgehttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows1007/29/2015 - 8:30am
PHX Corp@Wilson, I'm still waiting for My upgrade notice aswell07/29/2015 - 7:57am
MattsworknameWilson: how? Im still waiting for my upgrade notice07/29/2015 - 3:44am
Matthew WilsonI updated to a clean instill of windows 10.07/29/2015 - 2:36am
Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
 

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