EA Downloader Fallout
It’s been a few days since EA Downloader launched and the smoke is clearing. While bandwidth and delivery seem stable enough, with only a handful of complaints, the client itself is causing some worrying problems over and above those I identified on Friday. Security is an especially large concern, as the program leaves your unencrypted credit card details both in your browser cache and autofill. An equally unprofessional error leaves buyers charged VAT without any notification (leading to their understandable conclusion: they’ve been dishonestly overcharged).
With that said, it’s worth remembering that downloading and the client program itself are both reasonably stable, putting EA Downloader in a far stronger position in the struggle for public acceptance than Steam was four days after its launch.