Electronic Arts has been steadily expanding the breadth of its Origin service since originally being marketed as an isolated platform. After their successful negotiation of several distribution deals with major outside publishers, the industry giant is now reportedly in talks with Nintendo to be the sole online hosting platform for the Wii U. In a report from Wii U Go, an anonymous source – identified as an intern at EA – the company has been in talks with Nintendo in attempts to woo exclusivity away from other digital distribution platforms like Steam.
According to the source, Nintendo views the deal as “as an opportunity to rebuild relationships with Western gamers because they feel that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to western gamers.” While Electronic Arts has been “aggressively persuading Nintendo to go Origins exclusive with Wii U’s online so they can gain a competitive advantage over Steam.”
Neither Nintendo nor Electronic Arts could be reached for comment on the story.
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