EA to waive Origin distribution fees for all Kickstarter games

New initiative to lure crowd-funded indie projects.

EA is waiving Origin distribution fees for any game funded via a crowd-sourcing site like Kickstarter, the publisher has announced.

The offer will run for 90 days following the game's launch, and is open to any fully-funded, complete and ready-to-publish title.

"The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal," commented Origin VP David DeMartini.

"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."

inXile boss Brian Fargo, who recently funded Wasteland 2 through Kickstarter, offered EA a friendly back-slap in response to the announcement.

"I have had a long relationship with EA and it is great to see them recognise and support the crowd-funded games model," he said.

"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."

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