EA's Origin service will stop selling disc-based games next week

Battlefield publisher's online store going all-digital starting April 4.

Battlefield publisher Electronic Art's Origin marketplace will stop selling disc-based games starting April 4, the company announced today on its website. Beginning one week from today, the Origin store will transition to an all-digital marketplace where it will only sell downloads for PC and Mac.

EA said 99 percent of Origin users download their games, so this change won't affect them in any way. "But if you're that 1 percent who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won't be able to fulfill that need beginning April 4."

"We'll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads," EA said. "Digital is fast and convenient. Origin's focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible."

Did you ever buy a physical product from Origin? Let us know in the comments below.

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pidow
pidow

I need my disc.......there are too many reasons why other methods are not a good idea., i.e. errors, lost data, not being able to read download and everything else.  I will only deal with disc period.  I do not want to hear, "sorry we are unable to fulfill your requests for refund or sorry sucker deal with it".   Disc only!.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I know it's inevitable, but still.......NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

playmynutz
playmynutz

Digital is the way to go, im buying fifa digital

Leria
Leria

Never bought the whole 'only sold for online download!' thing. Does Origin have a Steam-like ability to backup the installation of your games? If not, this is a horrendous idea, it will massively increase bandwidth costs for a lot of people.

GamezMk
GamezMk

Does this mean buying directly from the Origin Store, or does it apply to physical PC games bought in store that use an Origin code?

deadkandy
deadkandy

Does anyone really buy stuff from Origin?

Postosuchus
Postosuchus

I've bought several disc games off Origin on three seperate occasions, and IME EA sucked at it. Twice they failed to send me the tracking info, and thrice it took a long ass time to arrive and came in shoddy packaging. This still sucks for people with crummy internet though.

CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

In Truth EA Games is very stupid for doing this, it will hurt there own profits. I expect less Profits in April at the markets.

egger7577
egger7577

I assume they won't be selling anymore console games on there then?

northArrow
northArrow

As long as I can buy physical copies elsewhere I don't mind. I don't buy shit from Origin

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

oh i just hate this kind of thing as if making a few disc copies of a game is a big deal

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

Does this mean you won't be able to buy physical copies off sites like amazon as well? Just wondering is this an attempt to stop buying them @ a cheaper price

Torquille
Torquille

I didn´t even know Origin sold physical copies of games as well, I never even though to look for them. Always bought the digital downloads there.

coold_steam
coold_steam

No one want to buy your expensive digital copies. the price in origin  market is very high as its in Euro compare to dollar. why should i pay 60 Euro when some ppl pay 60 dollars for the same game? give us the option to pay with the currency that we want. dollar is international currency here in UAE we are not tied to Euro, we are tied to Dollar. 

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

For people like me who have a limited internet cap, this quite literally kills any idea of using Origin at all.

wexorian
wexorian

I'm all digital and rarely use origins anyway :)

19James89
19James89

Let's hope the next Titanfall doesn't have a 49.99GB download then - that took an hour and a half to download, what a total joke. 



SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

I forgot to hook up my DVD drive the last time I upgraded my PC, and didn't realize it for a few months until I went to install a tax software disc I received in the mail. Being lazy, I decided to just go download it instead of messing with the drive.  That's when it hit me that disc-based software is obsolete.  I still haven't hooked that drive back up.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Eh. I did buy a couple games through them when they had some good sales a while ago. Dead Space 3 for five bucks and the like. Bought multiple copies and gave em to Gamespot for a profit

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

Actually a good thing in my opinion. I haven't bought a game that was on a disc in like 6 or 7 years anyway (steam).

As long as you can access your game in an offline state after you install it, I could care less about disc's. Besides, disc's scratch and my digital library wont.

But yeah, they should just roll over and die already. They do not compare in the slightest with steam and they should stop trying to.

thekorican
thekorican

who in their right mind will buy a disc game from Origin?  I'm sorry but if you did this you must have lived under a rock for the last ten years.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

Will they start competing with Steam now or are they just going to have shitty deals?

KristenVr
KristenVr

@GamezMk  Just Origin store. Physical EA PC games will still be available in other stores!

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@deadkandy I do for PS3/Xbox 360 games like when they had a 50% discount on most of their games at the Origin Store 3 weeks ago and shipping cost is cheap.

KristenVr
KristenVr

@CommandoAgent  Why? Like they said, 1% people buy physical disk from Origin store, so not worth it. Physical EA games will still be available in other game stores, where it's probably even cheaper than in Origin.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@UltimateBastard what i think this is saying is if you play on pc you won't be getting anymore games that EA put out in a disc form at all weather you buy from origin or anywhere else 

CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

@natalieyan I hope EA sells off the Command & Conquer license to Petro Games the developers of Gery Goo.

faschijp
faschijp

@TenraiSenshi  so you don't use steam or origin? because those are the two main platforms for PC gaming. 

noandno
noandno

@19James89  You should be grateful. I would take 6 months to download 49.99 Gb files

jigar7
jigar7

@SingletreeAve While it is a convenient option. You might want to reconsider a big downside of digital copies.

I got the AC4 copy free with my GTX 780 FTW around Jan. I logged into uPlay and activated it, once it was showing in my account... it all went downhill from there! I still haven't been able to get AC4 download working. I actually pirated the game to play it. Every other game that I own in uPlay downloads flawlessly... AC2, AC3, FC3, SC Conviction & Blacklist. But AC4 refused to download. Connection went from 200Kb/s to Zero in flat 30 seconds... and chocked my internet connection. And I am not the only one with this issue. The Ubi forums are full of similar cases particularly with AC4. I opened a support ticket with Ubi and believe me... you wouldnt want to know the suggestions they have sent in the past 50 days... you would kill yourself! The Ubi support team is very incompetent and they did not even bother reply to my physical disc requests or an alternate download source.. so yeah... if Origin can keep up with customers... well and good... but if you run into digital download troubles... you're on your own mate! You will not be able to hold anyone responsible. Filing a lawsuit is quite a hassle too.

With retail discs, atleast you could send it back for a refund or a replacement.


PS: If it was a problem with my Gaming rig or some third party software, I wouldnt have been able to download any other game from uCANNOTPLAY... but that is not the case. AC4 is the only download that doesnt work. Steam & Origin work flawlessly... but there is always a possibility that an update to the game client might screw it up!

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@Ice-Cube " We have Steam and Origin,don't know which one's best?,ther's only one way to sort it out:Fiiiiight!!

Battlemed
Battlemed

@faschijp @TenraiSenshi  TenraiSenshi is referring to the fact that he can't download everytime games from Origin, and he, like many others, rely on physical copies of videogames.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@jigar7  You can't send back discs for a refund after you've opened the package...

And with discs you're on your own as well if the install just doesn't work (because of whatever)...

I've downloaded more than 300 games via Uplay, Steam and Origin and not a single one didn't work as intented. Bad things can happen but they will happen anyway.

KristenVr
KristenVr

@SoulxReaperx366 Like I said, Those who prefer to buy physical copy will still be able to buy them just fine from any other game stores and activate in Origin. 

Disk-based EA games won't go anywhere, people just aren't buying them enough from Origin store so it's not worth EA to keep selling them from there.

jigar7
jigar7

@LordCrash88 @jigar7  I've bought thousands of retail discs because they are very reliable. I am a collector as well. Never have I had a disc 'empty' or 'corrupt' on arrival. My collection of games is really really huge and not one issue with the retail disc on arrival. There are a few stores that DO exchange the discs if they are 'empty' or 'corrupt'... replace, no refund... but that is better than not being able to download a game since January 2014. Ubisoft has the WORST support team. They escalated my issue thrice and replied with the same mundane kindergarten 'clean-up' steps! Ridiculous! That is why I am going down the piracy lane for Ubi games for a while till they fix their f**ked up client!


There are pictures on the Ubi forums of proof that uPlay isn't using broadband assets as it should. The mods too accepted it and forwarded it. This has been going on since Nov 2013. Shameful that they make such good games but do not value customer loyalty.


I have no issues with digital media, but its a known fact that physical backup discs are most reliable. If the game client is good... then I have no problem downloading digital content. But after the uCANNOTPLAY episode, I wash my hands off it. I hope you never have to go through that since you buy so much from the uPlay store. Good Luck