Origin crosses 40 million members

EA's virtual marketplace reaches new user milestone after SimCity launch; weeklong Player Appreciation Sale going on now.

Following the record-setting SimCity launch, Electronic Arts' Origin service has crossed 40 million members, a new milestone for the platform. EA confirmed the new membership figure today, which is up from 39 million at the end of 2012.

This is not the only milestone Origin has reached recently. The service recorded 1.3 million peak concurrent users following the SimCity launch.

By comparison, competitor Valve's Steam virtual platform has 50 million members as of September 2012. There are 4.6 million members logged on right now, with a peak concurrent user record of 5.7 million.

To mark the new membership milestone, EA announced today its first-ever Player Appreciation Sale. Beginning today and lasting one week, gamers can grab more than 200 titles through Origin at markdowns of as much as 70 percent.

The Origin Player Appreciation Sale is available to users worldwide and includes PC and Mac downloadable titles and expansions, in addition to packaged products for consoles. Some highlights include Crysis 3 ($30), Dead Space 3 ($30), Mass Effect 3 ($10), Battlefield 3 ($12), and all five Walking Dead episodes for $10.

Researchers recently discovered an Origin exploit that allows hackers to remotely highjack a user's computer to load malicious code instead of a game. EA said it is investigating the issue.

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Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

Piracy becomes more and more acceptable from a consumer point of view.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Again it is freaky to compare Origin to Steam. Origin have just 200 titles where as Steam have more than 2000 titles. 

Bakaro
Bakaro

I'm forced to own an Origin account because I own Dead Space & Mass Effect series.
I hate it. Even more for having a legal spyware...

I'm forced to own a Steam account because I own 48 games.
I love it. Even more for the ease of installing tons of DLC with only a click...

Funny how things work.

fallin75
fallin75

What I like about Origin is that they sell the games in my country currency, not in US dollars like Steam. For example, right now The witcher costs $199.00 MX (pesos) while in Steam it costs $19.99 US dollars, so If I want to buy it from steam, I would have to do the conversion from MX to US which right now is $1.00 US= $12.60 MX, so the game in Steam would be 19.99 US= 251.87 MX... it doesn't seem like to much money but the difference becomes bigger with higher priced games

sieg6529
sieg6529

Believe me, if I could play ME3 multiplayer on Steam, I would.  I at least have the comfort of knowing I bought the download through Amazon.

mtait01
mtait01

Just for the information for people here, I have an Origin Account, EA created one for me when I inputted my FIFA13 online pass on my PS3. I will never use that account ever - it is just annoying to see EA boasting about how many members they have when half of them have been forced to join without a choice.

Trep88
Trep88

As usual, the comments are a Steam fanboy circle jerk.

Steamworks is the same as Origin-only games, and worse. Cognitive dissonance in action.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

They call it player apreciation in the hopes to draw more people in. All it is, is a way to get more sales to show their shareholders a higher profit since their shares have dropped. 

snova9308
snova9308

what a large number of human cattle

Elem3nt
Elem3nt

Player appreciation my ass, they want to get their sliding sales up by the end of the quarter do to the fact that their PR is at an all time low. Sim City is a steaming pile, Origin is a steaming pile, EA is a steaming pile.

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

40 million users but I wonder what percentage have an account with only 2 or 3 AAA titles (ME3, etc) which they only have in the first place due to lack of choice.

liam82517
liam82517

Well thats 40 million people with legal spyware on their comp then. Stupid cunts.

garysingh34
garysingh34

I can proudly say that I a am not one of those 40 million members. Like this comment if you can say the same. 

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

"Player appreciation", Are you fucking kidding me? thats like people crying during Kim jong il's death, if you don't cry you die. Same deal here, if you don't install the trash program origin you dont get to play Mass Effect 3. 

GnugnaGnagna
GnugnaGnagna

Every day an article saying how many users origin has, how many copies Simcity sold, how many problems have been addressed in the new patch fo Simcity...

Stop it! We get it, you're trying to convince us that Simcity is not a failure, to get us the comfort of numbers. Ok! You're probably desperate because of that game, but that's enough! And GameSpot, please stop publishing these "reports" every 24 hours!

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"Player appreciation sale"?

This is what a dishonest asshole who's never been nice to anyone in his life sounds like when he's trying  a new approach to getting your money.

Seriously, it's cringe worthy.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

No one would install this shit if they didn't have to.  Simple as that.

AcidThunder
AcidThunder

it seems they appreciate only the players from US and UK. no sale in my country.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

The point is not if Origin is better than Steam or not. My problem is with EA as a company, which is interested just in US$ and not in their costumers, the fact that they ruined countless franchises in the name of $$$, their business practices are wrong (day-one DLCs, etc.), etc.

There is no wrong doing money, that's why it's called a business. But the question is how you earn that money, and EA is too greedy about this.

I trust Valve. EA? I don't. Sure, Valve is no angel, but time and time again they show that they care about the gaming community. EA does the opposite.

But we don't need to "worry" about EA. They have enough power in the gaming industry to succeed with Origin. That's something that Valve doesn't have. Once publishers decide not to publish their games on Steam (something that EA did, using a lame excuse that they want to be in direct contact with their costumer = direct contact with the costumer's wallet), Valve will be in trouble.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

"Origin crosses 40 million members"

 Truly sad

aeterna789
aeterna789

Origin looks pretty nice in my opinion, I like how it presents itself. Aside from that however, the Sales on Origin is a complete joke. Sales rarely appear on origin while its competitor gives daily, weekend, mid-week, week-long, deals. The highest discount we can hope for in Origins is 70% while Steam gives out 75%. Finally, Steam offers "bundled" franchises which includes all DLCs  (sometimes even prequel games) for a serious discount on top of the already existing price cut. I have yet to see a franchise sale on Origins.

Finally, they should make an analysis on how many games per user has on their library. I'm willing to bet Origin users might have 1 or 2 games there while Steam users have more.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Yeah, that's because you force people to, not because they actually want or like it, like Steam. 

xlord121
xlord121

This article is incorrect....

MASS EFFECT is $30 in Australia. If this is referring to the US price being $10 than I am going to be seriously pissed off considering OUR DOLLAR IS WORTH MORE THAN THE US DOLLAR.

Aldarish
Aldarish

if these people actually had a choice whether to use Origin or not... think what it would be then...

quinnd6
quinnd6

Its only up to 50% off where I'm from.

I guess they don't appreciate players from Europe as much as they appreciate the US then eh.


foxrock66
foxrock66

Yeah ok. How many of those users signed up with the mindset of "YEAH ORIGIN!"

Not many I bet.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Player appreciation sale? That is freaken rich. Let me rephrase that for you EA.

The STFU Whiney Gamer Sale.

Just doing it as a attempt to make yourself look better after bending people over.

devastator1991
devastator1991

I like Origin a lot more than Steam, steam is trash. Did you know you can stream your games live to twitch from Origin, of course you didn't because of your love for Steam which does nothing but DRM. smh At least Origin does something worth talking about.

inSpectre_X
inSpectre_X

@Bakaro  

You and your kind are the reason DRM is considered acceptable.  Thanks a lot.

WickedOne87
WickedOne87

@Rattlesnake_8 Exactly, after the resignation of their CEO, they need to provide the shareholders with some results, and if this sale will not turn out well, heads are going to roll.

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

@M-S-M-S At least EA has really great customer support (in Sweden, can't talk about other countries) while Valve's support is one of the worst I've ever had to deal with. Also Amazon has great support.

I contacted Amazon about SimCity and a refund. I got an answer within 2 hours and a full refund with my money on my account within 12 hours after that.

I'm still unable to play Aliens Colonial Marines on Steam (how good/bad it is is irrelevant) after 3 weeks and 3 days since I created the ticket and even longer since launch.

Last time I had issues with a game I got a reply with instructions on how to take screenshots on a PC and Mac. In my experience it takes several weeks to solve an issue with Valve, while I can just call EA's support and they'll fix my issues instantly.

fakharakhtar362
fakharakhtar362

@Buck_Swaggler Actually these are the ps3, Xbox 360, Wii u users who have to have an origin account to play any EA game

inSpectre_X
inSpectre_X

@Aldarish 

if these people actually had a choice whether to use Steam or not... think what it would be then...

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@devastator1991  

I don't think anyone cares. And considering EA , Origin could pay me to use their service and i still wouldn't.

Bakaro
Bakaro

@inSpectre_X  I'm not sure how you come into that assuming statement.
However, I can say i have love for great games and none for DRM.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@nu1mlock @M-S-M-S I didn't have any issues with Steam, but I've read that Valve's support isn't great... Good luck.

As I wrote, Valve is far from perfect, but I have a lot more respect towards them than EA. A lot more.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@inSpectre_X @Aldarish I was forced to create an Origin account when I first played Mass Effect 2 on my PS3. And the game didn't even have multiplayer, I still don't know why I had to create it.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@devastator1991 @foxrock66 Also just to really prove you wrong, the majority of the biggest streamers out there do not use Origin for any of their streaming.


foxrock66
foxrock66

@devastator1991

Oh how cute! You think you make sense! That is darling.

If saying he is wrong because "there are people who use origin to stream games" is logically acceptable, then by extension, something as inane as saying you are wrong because there are people who don't stream via Origin, is also logically sound. 

You can't make those sorts of blanket statement with your opinion and then behave as if it's fact. It doesn't work that way, pet

devastator1991
devastator1991

@foxrock66 @devastator1991 No, that doesn't work, rock brain, because people still care that Origin offers streaming through their client. Please slap yourself for that stupidity, your face is not worthy of my hand, simpleton. smh 

foxrock66
foxrock66

@devastator1991

Judging by the vastly superior number of people not streaming games, you're wrong. Funny how that works, aint it?