EA have added a new feature to Origin and it's one that their competitor, Steam, have been doing for such a long time: Gifting.
Yet, once again, instead of boosting its game sales via this method, it has shot itself in the foot by imposing heavy restriction such as:
- Can only gift EA published games. No 3rd parties ones. No free games or DLC.
- Cannot gift virtual currencies or bundles that include them.
- Cannot gift a game to someone that lives in another region or country. (Something that Steam can do.)
Amidst all of this, you can still gift your friend a higher edition of a game your friend already own. You will be paying the full cost compared to a more wallet friendly upgrade cost. But, as gameranx noted: "It might be better to just send your friend money over PayPal or Google Wallet if you want to do that.".
It seems EA poor decision-making skills have struck again. The last one in our recent memory was Titanfall 2 release being sandwiched between Battlefield 1 and COD: Infinite Warfare.
What have you in stock for us, geniuses of EA? We are truly clueless.