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Published on July 22nd, 2011 | by Brandon


>Origin accepting Steam keys for some EA games

>Yesterday, PC Gamer reported that they were able to take a handful of EA games that were bought on Steam and activate them on Origin. Some titles, such as Mass Effect, weren’t recognized, but most of the recently released EA titles apparently worked. Interestingly, using the Origin client to launch the Steam version of the game even keeps the Steam overlay and chat functionality.

While I have numerous issues with EA’s goals with Origin (especially their attitude towards Steam), I must say that this is a smart move. If EA hopes to gain any traction with Origin, they need to eventually allow customers to put in a CD key for any EA game they already own and instantly have it activated on Origin (similar to what Blizzard has done with Battle.net). Accepting Steam keys for recently released games seems like the first step towards such a goal.

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Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.

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