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EA adds counterproductive gifting feature to Origin

If I can't gift Battlefield 1 or Titanfall 2 to a friend for the holidays, what's the point?

Published Nov 24, 2016 9:26 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

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.

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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.

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