Origin is an online gaming, digital distribution and digital rights management (DRM) platform developed by EA that allows users to purchase games on the internet for PC and mobile platforms, and download them with the Origin client app (formerly EA Download Manager, EA Downloader and EA Link).
To play FIFA on any platforms and connect to EA servers, you need to have an Origin account.
The Origin store allows users to browse and purchase games for full price from Electronic Arts' catalogs. Instead of receiving a box, disc, or even CD key, purchased software is immediately attached to the user's Origin account and is to be downloaded with the corresponding Origin client.
The Origin client is self-updating app that allows users to download games, expansion packs, content booster packs and patches from EA. It shows the status of components available. The Origin In Game overlay client can be disabled while playing games. The client also features chat features such as a Friends List and a group chat options (implemented in version 9.3). Client and download performance has been patched and improved over the past several updates. Origin client app is currently available for PC Windows and Mac OSX platforms.
EA also plans to launch the Origin platform for mobile devices (such as iOS devices) and achievements can be synced across both platforms. Scrabble Network will be incorporated into Origin Mobile. These services will be free of charge.