Origin Officially Bites The Dust, Becomes The EA App

Origin is dead, long live the EA app.


The game launcher and digital distribution platform formerly known as Origin has just been reborn as the EA App in a move that many have compared to the recent rebranding of Uplay as Ubisoft Connect and Battle.net as the Blizzard App. The latter was brought back to Battle.net in order to preserve the long history of the platform. EA noted in 2020 that Origin would eventually be replaced by the EA app, announcing the launch of an open beta in the process.


“Today, we’re excited to announce that the EA app has officially left its open beta phase and will soon replace Origin as our primary desktop platform,” the company said in a statement. “The EA app is our fastest and lightest desktop client to date. With the new improved design, you’ll easily find the games and content you’re looking for and discover your new favorite games. With automatic game downloads and background updates, you can ensure your games are ready to play when you are.”

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The release naturally raises many questions. EA has already provided some answers to some of the most pressing of these, including how the launcher will roll out to consumers. “For our Origin players, we’ve worked hard to make the transition to the EA app as simple as possible,” the same statement explains. “We’ll invite you to make the move soon, and by the time you receive your invitation, all of your games and content, including games you’ve previously installed, will be ready and waiting for you in the EA app. Your local and cloud storage services will be carried forward, ensuring you can pick up where you left off. Your transfer list friends, too.”

When it comes to linking accounts to platforms like Steam and Epic, the company was a bit vague, noting only that “we will provide guidance directly through Steam on which app (the EA app or Origin) to download to ensure that access and play your EA games.” Players can obviously continue to use Origin if they prefer, but how long that will be the case remains to be seen.

Origin was first released on June 3, 2011. The game launcher immediately received a wave of criticism from gamers, many at the time noting that they preferred its main competitor, Steam. However, this was not enough to prevent Origin from becoming a substantial success, growing to over 50 million users by 2013. The name has long been rumored to come from Origin Systems, a company founded on March 3, 1983 by legendary game designer Richard Garriott, best known for creating the Ultima and Wing Commander franchises; Origin Systems was purchased by EA in 1992.

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