EA Origin users spent 61 billion minutes playing games in 2013

Users also logged 1.3 billion game sessions and earned over 158 million achievements during the year, new infographic says.

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Gamers logged 1.3 billion game sessions through Electronic Arts' Origin service in 2013, racking up a total of 61 billion minutes of playtime put together, the publisher has announced as part of an infographic detailing the platform's achievements in 2013.

EA Origin had more than 50 million registered members as of summer 2013, including 22 million on mobile platforms, though it's not clear how much that base has grown since. An Origin account is required for games played through the service.

Whatever the case, EA Origin's entire playerbase amassed 158,952,020 achievements in 2013 and logged 299,446,345 chat sessions during the year, the publisher said.

Finally, EA said players logged into Origin 726,858,789 times during 2013. Importantly, it is unknown how these data points compare to figures from 2012.

Valve announced this week that Steam added 10 million members in the past three months to bring its total playerbase to over 75 million users. Steam launched in 2003, while Origin debuted in 2011.

Discussion

107 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

The average game session is less than an hour, which at first surprised me, because I never play games for less than a few hours. To me, it doesn't make sense to play less than that, but when I saw that roughly half of Origins userbase is mobile accounts it was perfectly clear why that average was so low.

delta5931
delta5931

EA we still know that Origin is a piece of crap that works when it feels like it and won't if you don't appreciate it enough. Making Origin was a huge mistake. Letting your unpaid interns do it was even more of a mistake.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Add it all up and average it out, and it ain't shit.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.....How do you measure?......A broken Battlefield?

ewjiml
ewjiml

EA puts out statistics like these to flex their muscle when in reality they are just compensating for the lack of....Steam-ness?  If the majority of players could opt out of origin, they would.   And U-Play.  And Windows Live.  And possibly even Steam.  However, Steam is more akin to a "friends-with-benefits" relationship while Origin is the "Why am I still friends with this person" theme. 

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

Now how many beta test minutes was accounted for Battlefield 4?

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Damn that's approx.116,057 YEARS total

deadpen
deadpen

No we didn't, we spent 59 billion trying to log onto SimCity

cirugo
cirugo

Here's my question:  do they think that these users would have spent that time if they had a choice to play these games WITHOUT having to access them through Origin?

hadlee73
hadlee73

The one thing this article doesn't mention is whether EA were actually happy with those numbers.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

61 Billion wasted minutes.


Another useless article about a useless statistic, about the most useless malware interface, from the most useless company on earth.

northArrow
northArrow

I'm ashamed to admit that I bought Simcity, and a few weeks after launch I actually managed to play it for a few hours before realizing what a slap in the face it was. 



BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Well, I'll tell ya right now if I hadn't bought Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats it would have only been 60 billion!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

61 billion minutes? wow


i spent at least 180 minutes on Battlefield 3. So chalk me up for 180 minutes of that. No im serious. literally . Ive spent more time playing ARMA and Red Orchestra 2 and im still pissed Mass effect 3 isnt on STEAM EA and release FIFA on STEAM already, i might throw in a few more minutes on Origin.


Dont be Jelly and release all your games on STEAM. 

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

I'm all for gaming, it's fun, you can learn things, but this just seems like a waste of time.  What would happen if these people put their gaming hours into efforts of self improvement, skills, or community related events?

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

This "news" is up there with "Obama farted 534 times last year"


Same quality, same interest to the public.

coaltango
coaltango

just wanna know how many hours did players spent patching BF4???

Fursnake
Fursnake

Alright let's see some other infographs! Sush as "How Many Mintues Did EA Spend Screwing Over Customers" or "How Many Minutes Were Lost On Technical Fark Ups Across All Their Games".

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Glad I wasn't one of them, I wouldn't use that @!#%. Doesn't EA know that nobody uses Origin because they want to it's because they don't give gamers a choice that want to play those games. Nobody wants Origin because it much like their basketball games suck really bad.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

That also includes sheeps and drones playing their mobile cash cows of games like The Simpsons:Tapped Out  which forces you to have a Origin account to save your progress.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

I hate Origin.I deleted it along with Crysis 3.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

No one takes you seriously as a thug when your white :(

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Who truly gives a shit.

I think everyone would be more interested in how many of those users actually think Origin is a good interface.

Saidrex
Saidrex

It's not like we had any choice. If i had one i would never install this malware on my computer.

Juan1988
Juan1988

I didn't even bother to read this POS "news article", I just wanted to read the comments :]

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

How many minutes did anyone intend to use Origin for?  0


No one would install this garbage if it wasn't mandated to play things like Mass Effect 3.  I haven't opened Origin in over a year.

noandno
noandno

Origin users spent 61 billion minutes?
OMGWTFHTH DOWNLOADING NOW

said no one ever

ncogneegro
ncogneegro

This is the useless type of metadata that is collected that people are freaking out about. Of course EA may try to use this to justify charging by the minute for games.

berserker66666
berserker66666

61 billion minutes??? Wow. That's like....61 billion less fuck than I already give to EA.

killjoi
killjoi

I'm terrible at math, but...


Let's say the average player plays 2 hours per day, 7 days a week.


60 minutes * 2 hours = 120 mins * 7 days a week = 840 mins * 52 weeks = 43680 minutes per player.


16,000,000,000 minutes per year / 43680 minutes per player = 366,300 players.


It's not accurate as I have no idea what the real average time a player spends daily on Origin.  I can just speak for myself, which is close to 0 minutes.  I've excluded myself to prevent skewing the numbers. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@ewjimlIt's like they need to boast all of these incomprehensible statistics for the sake of their E(A)-peen, lol.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@deadpenI can't start KotOR on Steam for some reason, but each time I've tried to play it and it just goes "kotor.exe has stopped working" it says on my Steam profile that I last played it today. Lol, EA isn't alone in that kind of BS statements.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@northArrowAt least now it seems like it will actually be worth playing, what with the offline mode and modding being implemented. A modder managed to run it offline shortly after launch and I'm certain other modders can circumvent other limits. As long as you play those mods in the offline mode, EA shouldn't mind.

Finalninja447
Finalninja447

@nyran125tk EA have their own platform, therefore there is no good reason to put their games on steam. It's called competition, mate.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@DantheMan9856 i say the same thing about people that text all day and talk on cellphones wherever they go. What a waste of a cultural life. When it could be used looking at the sky or looking at a flower or talking to people in PERSON!!!

Link3301
Link3301

What would happen if you put your tike criticising people on the internet into those things?

sbonmedit
sbonmedit

@killjoi Taking into account 50 million registered members and 61 billion minutes of playing, that takes us to 20 hours of playing per member in a year(2013) which is nothing tbh.

deadpen
deadpen

@Hurvl @deadpen  LOL, Loved KotOR 1 and 2 (xbox). Yea this crap they hype up their games with is a joke. Why use minutes other than making it sound like a HUGE number. It translates to like 116058 people playing 24 hrs a day for one year.

61,000,000,000 min = 1,016,666,666 hrs (rounded) = 42,361,111 days (rounded) = 116,058 years (rounded)

So if the average person plays games for 4 hr a day (even number for this math) then 6 people's time added together would be 24 hrs, so that 116,058 years means that only 696,347 people played origin games last year. That's some weak sauce when you take the illusion of billions of minuets away.

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

@nyran125tk I just wonder what the world would accomplish which such time, entrepreneurs, business, helping people, that kind of thing.

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

@Link3301 What? I am building photoshop and illustrator skills as we speak.  Not to mention modeling, drumming, photograpy, and working full time.  So really, I am in a perfect position to criticize.  aaaaaannnd aaaaburrrn!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Now I feel guilty for blaming the cat for pissing in my Cheerios.

ewjiml
ewjiml

@DantheMan9856@Link3301 

If seems to me you need to stop looking at yourself in the mirror and let society judge you for the loser that you really are.