Electronic Arts implements wishlist and gifting features to their online store slash platform, Origin. In a world where Valve dominates the PC gaming market with Steam, it is no surprise that other companies try to achieve the same level of success.
Ubisoft has Uplay, indie game lovers can count on Desura, and EA offers Origin. Released in 2011, Origin has been the target of much controversy such as users being banned for no good reason (and sometimes for saying one or two bad things about the company), security weakness, terms of service that violate user privacy, those same terms of service being applied in Germany, where they go against the law, and, probably the most popular, the allegation that Origin is an answer to Valve’s policy regarding DLCs, which EA didn’t agree with.
Whether Origin is a good or a bad platform, it’s the only way to play games developed by Electronic Arts on PC. For years, users had to deal with connectivity issues and lack of features, but EA finally decided to listen to their pleas. It is now possible to manage a wishlist and send gifts to other users, features that have been available on Steam for a very long time now. User @iStricer on Twitter commented “FINALLY! We can no longer be considered asocial selfish bastards on Origin!” while @moha9 made a request of his own: “Good! Next up: family share, please.” Family share is a feature available on Steam that lets users share their library with their friends and family, allowing them to have limited access to what the account holder has bought on Valve’s platform.
Electronic Arts was founded in 1982 and reached success thanks to the Madden series of video games. Today it is one of the largest video game companies, being responsible for franchises such as The Sims, Battlefield, Dragon Age, and Star Wars.