Origin offers Steam 'healthy competition' - Minecraft creator

Service could be improved, "but in principle, it's a good thing"

Markus 'Notch' Persson believes Origin's growing status is generally a healthy thing for the PC gaming market.


Since launching last June, EA's digital download service has attracted over 11 million registered users worldwide and 35 publishing partners have now signed up, with Sega the latest get on board.

And while Notch feels Origin could do some things better - he seems to take issue with gamers needing to have an Origin account to play EA titles like The Old Republic and Battlefield 3, no matter where they bought the title or in what form - the Minecraft creator says it's good for Steam to have some competition.

"I think it's a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam," he told GameSpy. "I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary.

"So I like that there are others competing - for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It's a good thing that there are more.

"Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam - which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam," he added. "They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it. But I think, in principle, it's a good thing."

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