Origin (formerly known as EA Download Manager or EADM) is the digital distribution service developed by EA. Origin is used to download and install digital versions of purchased games as well as their updates. Origin is the chief competitor to Valve's Steam content distribution service. Origin has been a mandatory requirement for all EA titles released since 2011.
History[edit | edit source]
The service was initially launched as EA Downloader in 2005 and was used to distribute Battlefield 2 expansion packs. The service was re-branded as EA Download Manager in 2007 and purchases from the EA Store were downloaded via the EADM client.
The EA Store and EADM client were merged and re-branded as Origin in June 2011.
Comparisons and differences between Origin and Steam[edit | edit source]
- Both services supply The Sims 3 and all of its expansion packs.
- Both services distribute games from third-party developers.
- Origin supplies exclusive content for EA games which isn't available via Steam or retail.
- Some games on Origin can be played while they are being downloaded.
Relation to The Sims series[edit | edit source]
The Sims 4 is the first title in the series to require Origin for installation, although the game can be played without it afterwards. The service is used for updates and distribution of downloadable content.