EA Launches Origin Online Game Distribution for Mac

A Mac client for EA's digital distribution platform Origin was launched today, as first noted by AppleInsider. Origin for Mac was originally announced in August 2011 and went into alpha testing in late January. 

Origin is quite similar to Valve's Steam and allows users to download games and demos, chat with friends and continue saved games from most computers.

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The store currently lists 48 Mac games available for download, including games like Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, LEGO Batman, Harry Potter and Star Wars, Tropico 3: Gold Edition and The Sims 3 and its plethora of expansion packs. The new SimCity is supposed to launch a little after the March release of the PC version of the game.

EA Origin Vice President of Production Mike Blank told AppleInsider that EA brought Origin to Mac because of two reasons: growing Mac marketshare and a vocal community of Mac gamers.

"We're seeing increased activity from our Mac gamers," he said. "In the past, we've brought games slower to market for Mac than for PC partly because the audience hasn't been at the same level. The growth of iOS and Mac devices, though, means we're starting to see gamers demand to play their games on devices that are becoming more prominent. I think, across the board, developers have focused on the PC platform, but I think you're going to start seeing some changes there. [Origin] is the first step in a strategy you're going to start seeing coming out of EA."

Origin client for Mac is available as a download for free at EA's Origin website. It requires OS X 10.6.8 or higher and an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor.

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Top Rated Comments

Vertigo50 Avatar
149 months ago
This will never be installed on my machine.

You had me at "EA".
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sesnir Avatar
149 months ago
Nobody likes EA, but if this is what it takes to get better Mac support from a big publisher, then I'm all for it.

Sim City is coming. Maybe we'll get Battlefield 4. Either way, this can only be a good thing. I mean, ideally EA would ditch Origin and get friendly with Steam, but that isn't going to happen.

I just think that when a big gaming company sees a vocal community and rising marketshare and decides to invest in the Mac, then it's cause for celebration.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slicecom Avatar
149 months ago
EA? No thanks.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eriden Avatar
149 months ago
EA is the soulless corporate juggernaut of the gaming industry. I can only imagine how great the ENTIRETY of Mass Effect 3 would have been had EA not gotten its hooks into Bioware.

Instead, thanks to EA, we got a game that was 95% awesomeness followed by 15 minutes of ending that ruined the whole fusking series.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fel10 Avatar
149 months ago
I'm staying away from anything related to those two letters.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eriden Avatar
149 months ago
Just wondering, what has EA done that makes everyone hate it so much?

Not (http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/2012/04/16/ea-origin-bans-dlc-drm/) really (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/03/12/bioware-and-ea-respond-to-dlc-controversy/) that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Hoffman) much (http://touch.destructoid.com/destructoid/#!/entry/eas-origin-may-be-glorified-spyware-causes-mass-upset,50862baed7fc7b56702a53c4/2).
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)