Origin update adds TwitchTV in-built live streaming

EA has teamed up with game broadcasting network to offer Origin users the ability to broadcast gaming sessions live to Twitch channels.

Electronic Arts has partnered with video game broadcasting network Twitch to bring in-built live-streaming functionality to its Origin client.

Origin is partnering with TwitchTV.

The partnership will allow Origin users to broadcast their gaming sessions live, directly to their Twitch channel. It will be implemented as part of the latest Origin update, which is scheduled to be rolled out in the coming days.

The update--which, according to EA, has been implemented due to user suggestions and feedback received by the publisher in the last few months--will also allow users to add non-Origin games to their libraries in the client. Users will be able to launch (and broadcast) all their games from one location.

The update will first be rolled out to Origin users who opted in for beta updates, and will be going live to all users shortly afterwards. EA said that the Origin Twitch feature is still in beta, and will be rolling out further Twitch services and functionality in future Origin updates.

The Origin update also includes smaller tweaks, including a more responsive friends list that will accommodate long IDs, status updates, and real names; displaying recently-played games in the Origin task bar; improvement in the overall client performance with faster loading times; and a built-in feedback survey.

EA first announced that it was asking for fan feedback on Origin in May. It rolled out the Origin client update 9.0 in July.

For more on Origin's first year, check out GameSpot's interview with EA's David DeMartini.

Disclaimer: Twitch is a GameSpot partner.

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vault-boy
vault-boy

A good first step but there is still a lot of stuff that needs fixing first. If I were EA I would worry about fixing the first room before building another. 

sieg6529
sieg6529

For you sinners who have strayed into the filth that is Origin, you should get down on your knees and pray to the Gaben for his Steamy forgiveness. 

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed.  Remedying the problems with some of Origin's existing offerings would be most welcomed.

ggregd
ggregd

Is "in built" Aussie for built-in? :)

SolidTy
SolidTy

That's pretty swell for fans of Origin, I have less than 10 games with the service, but it's not bad for a DRM service like Steam. Steam is still tops, but competition only brings great deals to all.

ztron370
ztron370

I like Origin it just needs some more games.The only game that is good is BF3.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

And the people of South America will still be forced to pay in euros rather than the more logical US dollar, I presume; cause, like it's "so difficult" to sort out those "region and currency issues"...

Kolo32
Kolo32

Install our spyware so you can watch people play video games or just go to their website and do it for free. The choice seems pretty clear: Lorenzo Lamas.

JKnaperek
JKnaperek

You can already stream games without Origin..

Johny_47
Johny_47

Get rid of the crap you should, not update it.

iamrob7
iamrob7

Nice feature, but I still feel like supporting companies who ruin franchises/developers and are generally a negative force in gaming is not something I should be doing.  I mean, can anyone remember a single positive EA has brought to gaming?  I certainly can't.  

 

Origin would literally have to print money every 10 seconds for me to want to use it.  Every man has his price.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I never liked the ideea of Origin either at first. But after a while i can't find any problems with using a program like Origin or Uplay. Don't get me wrong, I still hate the guts out of EA (nothing against Ubi so far though) and their respective stores still suck hard. What would you prefer? GFWL? I have all games in one library, no need for shoving discs to be able to play and you have to offline option if you don't like that. I heard once a guy was mad because it automatically starts with the Windows. If that's the problem, learn to use a computer first.

Me I actually grew fond of Origin and Uplay so far. And with the addition of Twitch, they don't seem to let me down.

shinspikes
shinspikes

Surprising.  Never thought they would ever do anything like this.

3qU1L1Br1Um
3qU1L1Br1Um

This is actually something interesting and something I didn't expect to see from EA, quite a good feature.

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You lost me at Origin... Cool feature though.

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

great idea, cmon valve this shouldve been in steam a long time ago, as well as you guys merging with GOG so they can sort out all the old games on steam that are a nightmare to get running these days!

Umur31
Umur31

I hate ea and origin more, but this actually is pretty cool.Still will never use origin tho.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

That's actually pretty cool.  find some way of adding the twitch chat overlay to the games with decent opacity & formatting controls and it'll be really handy

sortajan
sortajan

do you think the suits at EA actually take literal baths in money? like with paper money instead of water? or do they use wine crushed from orphans instead of grapes?

jer_1
jer_1

Yeah, like this crap is actually going to prompt me to use their garbage service. Hardly...

hector530
hector530

didn't EA send cease and desist to a lot of twitch streamers recently

 

so are they for twitch or against or something

 

nothing like playing sides

params7
params7

Now if only this could also come to consoles.

RadPro
RadPro

What problems? For me it's been running great for quite some time now.

sinn_exit
sinn_exit

 @iamrob7 "can anyone remember a single positive EA has brought to gaming"? Um ... assuming you mean publishing then Dead Space, NFS HP, NFS underground, SSX Tricky

iamrob7
iamrob7

 @sinn_exit Since EA are a publisher, publishing would be the only thing I could mean.

 

As far as I can see their contribution as publishers consists of only distribution and advertising.  Distribution is just a question of logistics and lawyers, it's really just a bunch of paperwork that can be done by anyone willing and will become irrelevant shortly with games going digital.  Advertising only benefits themselves ultimately.  

 

They just seem to buy studios and take a cut from the developers who make the games.  How is that providing anything positive towards gaming?  Give me a few hundred million and I can do that too, hire a marketing company to do the marketing and a logistics company and lawyer to distribute the games.  Then sit back and rake in the cash.  What positives would I be bringing to gaming?  I'd just be a leech.  

 

Now EA Redwood shores/Visceral, who make one of those four games were actually formed by EA, so credit to EA for doing something 14 years ago I suppose.  Although within those 14 years their only contribution of any quality has been Dead Space 1&2 and let's face it, many far better developers have been born with vastly inferior resources in that time.  Which suggests if anything that EA's net contribution to any developer is a negative.  Something very clearly demonstrated in their relationship with Bioware, Westwood etc etc...