Why doesn’t EA combine their subscription services?

EA should combine EA access and Origin Access into one monthly subscription, for gaming across platforms.

EA offers two great subscription services; EA access for Xbox One, and Origin access for PC. Both services are $4.99 a month and offer great deals for players. I think that they should combine those services into one service, and one subscription.

EA access for Xbox One offers over 20 games in their vault that you can play instantly with their subscription. Some of the games included are Dragon Age Inquisition, FIFA 15, Battlefield 4, and Madden 15. The subscription also includes Play First, which allows you to play games before they are released. Subscribers also get 10% off all EA digital purchases.

Origin access has about the same deals, but for PC. You get access to the vault, which has over 25 games. Some of the games included are; FIFA 16, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age II, and The Sims 3 Starter Pack. You also can play games before they are released, and get 10% discount on all Origin purchases.

Both EA access and Origin access are $4.99 a month. I think the subscriptions are a good deal. But, if you are a gamer like me and play on both on your PC and Xbox One, you might not want to pay for both subscriptions to have access to all games.

This makes players like me have to make a choice. I don’t want to pay $10 a month for both subscriptions and have two separate memberships. I think that EA would benefit if they combined their services and had one membership for both EA access and Origin access.

The price of the two subscriptions is about $10 total. I am not suggesting that they combine both subscriptions and only charge for the price of one, or $4.99. But, if they were to combine services and then reduced the price by a dollar or more, so that it was less than $10 for one subscription, I think more people would want to buy it.

With one price and one subscription, players might be more inclined to subscribe because they would have access to all games across both platforms. EA needs to make it simpler; they could even give a discount for players that have both subscriptions now when they switch.

EA has a good start; they just need to build on it. I like the direction they are taking with subscriptions.

Published Jun. 19th 2016
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