EA is to waive distribution fees for budding developers with crowd-funded video games, offering the chance to reach 12 million gamers through its Origin service.
Games must be crowd-funded (eg through services like Kickstarter), ready-to-publish, and developed for PC. If successful, Origin will distribute the title free of charge for 90 days after launch, enabling it to reach 12 million registered accounts that use the games purchasing and downloading system.
"The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal," said David DeMartini, senior vice president of Origin at EA. "It's also incredibly healthy for the gaming industry. Gamers around the world deserve a chance to play every great new game, and by waiving distribution fees on Origin we can help make that a reality for successfully crowd-funded developers."
Sites like Kickstarter are being used to fund a number of creative concerns - including films, books and games. It's a relatively new way to raise money for entrepeneurs who perhaps have already tried traditional channels or even decided they'd rather turn to the crowd in the first place.
"Crowd-funded projects are like the 'people's choice awards' - a way for gaming fans to express what they want to buy and play," said Jane Jensen, president, Pinkerton Road. "It's great to see a big publisher like EA acknowledging that and opening up distribution opportunities for these games."
"I have had a long relationship with EA and it is great to see them recognize and support the crowd-funded games model," said Brian Fargo, CEO, inXile Entertainment. "Having Origin waive their distribution fees for 90 days for fan funded games is a major economic bonus for small developers. We look forward to bringing Wasteland 2 to the Origin audience."
Developers can visit www.origin.com/publishing to contact Origin for more information about the programme.
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