The battle between Valve’s digital distribution platform Steam and EA’s counterpart, Origin, has been going on for quite a while. With every party involved agreeing that Steam is the better one, we’re not really sure what battle it is they’re fighting, but Origin boss David DeMartini seems to know, outlining that comparing Origin against Steam is like comparing Battlefield 3 against Call of Duty.
“Battlefield 3 isn’t Call of Duty. Battlefield 3 is great, it’s a shooter, but it’s a great shooter in its own right. I want Origin to be the exact same thing,” explained DeMartini.
“That doesn’t mean Call of Duty is bad,” he added, “I don’t want to see Steam become bad. They’re a partner of us. They do a lot of good things. What I want is I want Origin to be differentiable and better as a service, which is similar to what Steam does.”
This comes in light of DeMartini denying Origin would be offering up substantial discounts the way Steam does, as he believes this “cheapens your intellectual property.” He still insists, however, that Origin has a long way to go before it becomes the “viable alternative” to Steam he wants it to be.
“Give us a few more years, and maybe we’ll be better than Steam. That said, right now we’re not. Steam took eight years to get where it is. We’re not going to take eight years, but we’re going to get there and go beyond.”