EA Games and Ubuntu

Electronic Arts are delivering two games into Ubuntu, Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances and Lord of Ultima. They are currently available in the Ubuntu Software Center.

While some may focus on the fact that these are loading web apps, the really exciting opportunity here is that EA have identified Ubuntu as an exciting channel to deliver their content. I would like to encourage our community to welcome EA to Ubuntu, and download and enjoy the games.

Let’s not get side-tracked by the fact that these are web games and not native to Ubuntu: EA are dipping their toes in Ubuntu as a channel of opportunity, and let’s welcome them with open arms.

  • http://twitter.com/orawas orawas

    Anyone is welcome to linux! Isn’t that the point? So, EA, welcome to ubuntu linux!

  • Anonymous

    Not complaining but im kinda disappointed that it wasn’t done at the talk tomorrow from EA themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Not complaining but im kinda disappointed that it wasn’t done at the talk tomorrow from EA themselves.

  • Guest

    Links to websites are now “exciting channels to deliver content?”  Seriously!?  Look I get that you are basically the party propaganda minister, but FFS call a spade a spade.  Ubuntu is getting bookmarks to items from the Chrome store that just happen to work in other browsers.

  • numpty

    EA as in “Worst Company In America 2012″ EA? Interesting PR move…

  • http://www.frothingthefrap.com/ Shannon Black

    here’s hoping EA sheds light on their potential plans than just this information? 

  • Viktor

    Yeah! It’s the year of hyperlinks to EA web games on the Ubuntu Linux Desktop. Rock on! “Crysis 3″ is right around the corner (TM).

  • Hector Gonzalez

    All EA games can play natively on Miguelsoft. Accept no less, demand Miguelsoft.

  • Anonymous

    Irrespective of your opinion of EA, I think this is good for Ubuntu and good for our users.

  • Anonymous

    Well maybe the fact that Jono announced it means there is something else they want to talk about tomorrow. Im happy with just what Valve said a week or so ago like their game catalog is awesome and Dota2 and CS:GO if they bring them to linux would be stunning.

  • Anonymous

     Well, this appeared a little earlier than expected. :-)

  • Anonymous

     I am not sure specifically what will be in the talk, but I think it will talk more about EA’s perspectives on the platform.

  • Me

    Yeah, you guys got freemium shovelware! Woo….hoo? Get back to me when EA puts out an actual important title such as Battlefield 4 on Linux on its first day of release.

    Why you are circle jerking over a 2 year old Chrome Store game and some C&C shovelware is beyond me.

  • Anonymous

     What is shovelware? Clothes for shovels? ;-)

  • Me

    Their perspective is that is less important than any other platform since all they’re giving you is shovelware ‘freemium’ Javascript games.

  • Me

    It means you are getting crappy web apps games that were made only to milk people in microtransactions. Have fun with that while I play Battlefield 4 natively on both Windows and Mac and laugh at you.

  • Anonymous

     Hahahaha I kinda presumed so but still it is great news none the less :)

  • Anonymous

     Thanks for your words of wisdom.

  • Me

    It means you are getting hyperlinks to turd games whose only existence is to milk people in microtransactions by latching on to a popular game series.

  • Anonymous

    Well surprisingly to most people those games are pretty huge at the moment. Zynga are one of the highest grossing companies on the internet up there just below companies like facebook and google.

    Also in fairness I started up one of those games today the second one Lord of Ultima and it isn’t horrible for a browser game.

  • Me

    What is great about it? This is just a packaged hyperlink.

  • Anonymous

    Well the software center is a way of delivering and promoting content. Native applications and web applications are both on an equal footing. There aren’t too many differences between something running here or somewhere else to 99% of users.

  • http://twitter.com/espectalll123 Francisco Gómez

    Obviously, as the posts says, this is a first step. Just waiting for real EA and Steam games… ;)

  • Me

    I didn’t say they weren’t huge. The thing is that these games were already playable on Linux before EA decided to package up a hyperlink on UCS. There is no actual investment in Linux since it was already cross-platform Javascript. This is them tossing breadcrumbs.

  • Anonymous

    Its great that they for one see Ubuntu as a place to promote their product and secondly the fact that they bothered to do it in the first place means that they are at least not oblivious to the opportunities that are available.

    Also who said that this was the only thing that will be announced they might say that they have some more stuff in the pipeline in the future tomorrow.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vperetokin Vadim Peretokin

    Well, you totally missed the ‘dipping toes’ point. Regardless, I don’t think I’m missing out on any gaming experience myself thanks to my beefy nvidia card and crossover :)

  • Me

    Yeah, you’ll get more web games. Woohoo. YearOfLinuxDesktop is upon us!

  • Anonymous

     Valve are on the way you will be appeased soon :)

  • Péter L?rincz

    I don’t think the linux version of those two would be ready when the win/mac versions come out, so the first Valve games for Linux should be Portal and Portal 2 :D

  • Anonymous

     If they port over the source engine which is supposedly what they are doing then all of their games will work except some of the really old ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/miyamoto.musashi.9250 Miyamoto Musashi

    YES!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MotionShot Heimen Stoffels

    I gotta admit that I was disappointed at first, but actually Jono IS right. It’s not so much the fact that the games are old or already on the Chrome Web Store, it’s the fact that EA actually submitted something to the Software Center thus recognizing Ubuntu. Whether that means they’ll gonna bring forward real native or not is a different story. At least they’ll know Ubuntu is alive and kickin’ and are recognizing it this way. You gotta start somewhere :)

    Thanks Jono, I totally agree with you! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MotionShot Heimen Stoffels

    That is today. Who knows what they’ll announce tomorrow for the future? You can’t predict the future. Maybe they’ll want to let us know “Yo Ubuntu, we hear ya! Here you got 2 browser games packaged up, now prepare for the real thing tomorrow!”

  • Fuck

    ???????! :D

  • http://www.phpfusion.ro/ kneekoo

     Steam, Origin, whatever. It’s a great news that EA pays attention to Linux. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001873473753 Barry P Burke

    EA haven’t went to this trouble just to taunt Linux user, Maybe when September comes when all the Christmas games are coming out we might be pleasantly surprised

  • http://twitter.com/ifuckyourmind podshot / Smartie

    yes it is a experiment of course. If enough demand by installation numbers is detected, I bet they will bring commercial native and offline games to USC.  

  • http://twitter.com/hizoka_darkwolf alias: Hizoka Andou

    Hmmm it’s just me or it can’t be installed yet? I tried using the Software center and nothing happens… it is not listed there and well… end of the story

  • http://skypax.com/ Latoya Hiott

    really? i want to have their expansion and order it on any online shops.. i gonna find this thing right away.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGUOKPDPIPMOPJK7RCCXIALHRI Ene Dene

    I’m very satisfied that EA decided to test Linux market, even if it’s only a browser.

    A bit confusing, though is that you have to click on “buy” even though it’s free of charge, but I guess they want to know the individual installations per launchpad.

    A word of caution, don’t expect much, we’ve been disappointed too many times in the past. But I do hope it’s not one of these cases.

  • Robby Cannon

    Welcome… Now that you see me, an Ubuntu User, I see you, balls in your court.

  • http://twitter.com/howythegeek Howy

    Well, if this leads to native games in 3D and etc, I agree that EA did something good. Let’s hope for even more to come. :)

    I can’t try out these games, though. I’m still waiting for a better time to install Precise. It doesn’t seem as stable as it should be in regards of upgrading.

  • http://twitter.com/howythegeek Howy

    Well, if this leads to native games in 3D and etc, I agree that EA did something good. Let’s hope for even more to come. :)

    I can’t try out these games, though. I’m still waiting for a better time to install Precise. It doesn’t seem as stable as it should be in regards of upgrading.

  • stevepdp

    I for one welcome EA to the Linux community, and I hope that this is planting the seeds for greater things to come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chillinfart Arturo Julio Zevallos Córdova

    Origin for Linux? B**** Please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chillinfart Arturo Julio Zevallos Córdova

    Origin for Linux? B**** Please.

  • Me

    Can I have some o what you’re smoking? Sounds like good stuff.

  • Anonymous

    How do I find this in the Software center?  Is it under EA?

  • http://drgeorge.org/ ricegf

    It was in the featured program banner a few minutes ago. It installed on my primary workstation without incident, though it did require that I login to the payment center. 

  • http://drgeorge.org/ ricegf

    Click “All Software”. In the search box, type (for example) “Ultima” (without the quotes). Should be top of the list. Just click “Lord of Ultima”, then “Install”, then enter your username and password (not usually necessary, I presume they’re counting installs), and you’re in!

  • Syke Phank

    This is nothing more than an EA marketing ploy to get Ubuntu users to buy more Windows games. They didn’t deliver anything to Ubuntu. To claim otherwise is a slap in the face of all the real developers shipping real games for Linux.

  • http://www.phpfusion.ro/ kneekoo

    “nothing more” should only be an assumption, not a statement. Consider this: EA wants to sell more games. We can easily assume this, right? The next step is to identify a new market, and the Ubuntu Software Center is one of them. This is a fact, not an assumption.

    Next, any vendor has to make a market study/evaluation. EA chose to push two web games in the USC, just to see how many people are actually playing them from Linux. This is direct targeting and it’s essential if you want relevant results.

    The results of the market evaluation will reflect later. So far we can safely assume EA is interested in adding more titles in the USC, regardless if web-based or not.

    Now let’s assume they will only add web-based games for a long time. This means the USC will get crowded with non-Linux games. OK, but from the users’ point of view isn’t that completely irrelevant as long as they find something to play with? For most of them, that’s a good thing.

    Now let’s think about advertising Windows games on Linux. How do you think someone would feel if (s)he would pay for a game that doesn’t run after purchase? I’m pretty sure EA would get a huge amount of crap from something like this. Some would even sue them. Considering EA made a lot of money in a long time, regardless their means, I think they’re not that stupid to advertise for Windows games in Linux in the manner you described.

    Indeed, this is a lousy start and entirely different than any of us expected. But I feel like this opens the door to a new world of Linux gaming. Once a critical mass of game publishers get interest in Linux, the Linux graphics stack will receive much better support because money will flow around Linux and it will simply make sense to bridge the gaps. We need to support this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/madsrh Mads Rosendahl

    I see Jono means – give the guy some love for just showing up and talking to Canonical! …But what a freaking crappy writeup over on Phoronix – I almost felt sorry for the EA guy. What I got from the EA talk was that the future is in HTML5 games – and that means Linux too. This would solve the cross platform issue and we would get new releases on the same day as everybody else. So it’s totally understandable that they won’t commit to a new platform.

  • Lesrose52

    Nice to know EA recognises Ubuntu and I am really thrilled that I can now install internet shortcuts through the Ubuntu Software Center :s

  • Anonymous

    I’m disappointed that these are nothing more than bookmarks on the Dash. At least have them open in their own window so they look like normal desktop apps, make it possible to go fullscreen, make the games only show the game, not the website, and maybe make use of Quicklists.

    I’m enjoying Lord of Ultima, but I’d never spend money on a game like that. A proper RTS, RPG, Racing, or Soccer game, that is something I would spend on if it was focused on single-player and I could actually own a copy rather than use a subscription.

  • Anonymous

     At least there is one good thing here: that link is specific to Ubuntu, so they can see exactly who downloaded it and played it from the USC.

  • Anonymous

     More than that, Canonical supposedly vet any submissions to the USC and do the packaging, so EA can’t sell crap that doesn’t even run.

    I just wish Canonical would vet all apps in the USC to make sure everything that is available by default is high-quality in terms of both stability and the user interface. I feel kind of embarrassed to see some of the ugly or buggy apps in the default repositories.

  • Anonymous

     The thing I don’t like is that such a future is one in which I don’t get to keep a copy of the games I paid for. I have to rely on the publisher or developer to keep providing me with my game every day. No sense of ownership or possession, no feeling of security.

  • Syke Phank

    Or they could just grep their server logs for Ubuntu user agents.

  • Anonymous

     Didn’t Firefox fiddle with those? Agent strings are unreliable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1031923808 Arthur Whitehouse

     Why are you so negative? You are probably right, but jeez man, let some people have some hope.

  • Nathan

    If I would be able to play games on linux (I mean like COD and BF3), then Windows will not be necessary for me anymore.

  • Syke Phank

    The software center is unreliable too. Plenty of people can play those games without using the software center. They’re just web games.

  • Ross Tylor

    why don’t this best games making company make some learning games children for the kids?? thanks for sharing the post here with us.

  • Francisco Gómez García

    Wow! 2 years ago! Ubuntu is rocketing since then! :D