EA recently announced that any small developer with a successfully crowd-funded and ready-to-publish PC game can utilize Origin’s distribution services free of charge for its first 90 days after launch, reaching Origin’s massive audience of over 12 million users.

Crowd-funding is one of gaming’s latest and possibly most important trends.  It simply goes beyond a pre-order and allows gamers to invest in the development of a project that they truly believe in.  David DeMartini, Senior Vice President of Origin at EA had this to say about this initiative:

“The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal,”

“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.”

With crowd-funded ventures becoming increasingly popular it’s a breath of fresh air to see a company such as EA, who usually has negative stigma branded on their foreheads, seeing the importance of creativity blossom in this new forum of publishing, and extending a helping hand to small developers.

This is overwhelming good news for small developers and gamers alike.  This initiative from EA will offer the means for a wealth of games to be released and distributed that normally could or would have gone unreleased.  It will be interesting to see how many more games come out now because of this offer and how other digital distribution platforms like Steam will react to this promotion.

If you are one of these small developers and would like more information about this program you can get it via this link.