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Your Origin account will now be called an 'EA Account'

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Accounts at Origin, Electronic Arts' online store, are being renamed. They'll be called an EA Account "to better represent all of EA's games and services," EA said in an email being sent to Origin account holders.

No other features or reasons were given.

The change will happen automatically "in the coming weeks," EA said. Members will use the same login ID and password to access the account.

Origin launched in 2011 and by 2013 signed up more than 50 million users. Though it sells Electronic Arts games digitally (and since 2013, has offered refunds for them) it also sells other publishers' games. In 2014, Origin announced it would no longer sell and ship boxed copies of video games.

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