Is there a way to purchase Battlefield 3 and/or Battlefield 3 Premium online and be able to give that copy to a friend? (buy it online without binding it to your own account)

For instance, just get ahold of the game's product key and give that to them so that they can activate the game on their Origin account?

There doesn't appear to be any option to do so via Origin.

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    PS: Who exactly likes Origin? Anyone?
    – Lemmings19
    Commented Feb 17, 2013 at 21:34
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    The interface is semi-pleasant. Other than that, Steam >> Origin. Sorry EA.
    – Sadly Not
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 2:13
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    Origin allowed you to install games in a separate directory before Steam did, which may have pushed Steam to add the feature, which in turn pleases me.
    – Ampersand
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 12:38
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    I'll take Steam's interface over Origin's garbage any day of the week. That said, I don't see why this question should be considered off topic -- we're not here to make value judgements on publishers or digital distribution platforms, and he's asking a valid question. Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 13:45
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    I think the only good thing about Origin is that it starts fast. Steam takes way to long to start up.
    – vartec
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 15:50

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You can purchase the game from another retailer and simply give the key to the recipient. There are many sites. Here are a couple Battlefield 3 Premium Edition links:

With Premium Edition, usually you will get 2 keys: one for Limited Edition (with karkand) and one for Premium.

  • - Greenmangaming.com was buggy and clicking the "Buy" button associated with Battlefield 3 Premium Edition did nothing but reload the page. - Amazon.com doesn't allow Canadians to purchase digital downloads (even though it gets downloaded via Origin). I'll add some more alternatives to your list. Thanks for the suggestions, though!
    – Lemmings19
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 5:27
  • Are these available to players outside the US? if not, then this answer would be too localized. Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 8:55
  • AFAIK most of them are also available in Germany, too, my copy of BF3 is from Amazon.com, so I don't think it's too localized.
    – Sentry
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 9:15
  • @Lemmings19 Amazon.com can be made to work with a Canadian credit card for digital download.
    – Ampersand
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 12:35
  • @Ampersand The other sites appeared to be readily available for use in Canada without any messing around. I purchased from GamersGate without a hitch.
    – Lemmings19
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 15:55

It has been suggested by EA Support staff that people can log in with their friends' accounts to purchase the items.

I've done this successfully for my younger brothers so I know it works.

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    It would not surprise me that this is a method the support staff at EA have suggested, and no doubt it does work. But it just sounds like a horrible idea from a security standpoint for both parties involved. If the purchaser isn't careful, his/her credit card info could be saved to the friend's account. And the friend? He/She needs to change their password after the transaction, because their account security has been compromised. I'd suggest either handing your friend the cash (or a pre-paid visa), and telling him to buy the game. Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 11:50

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