Origin hits 1.3 million peak concurrent users

After SimCity launch, simultaneous user player figure for EA's online service reaches new milestone.

The record-setting (and embattled) SimCity launch this month helped set a new peak concurrent Origin user milestone, at 1.3 million "and rising," Electronic Arts announced today.

By comparison, competitor Valve's Steam service has 4.9 million concurrent players right now and a peak concurrent userbase of 5.7 million.

Of SimCity's 1.1 million total sales thus far, 44 percent (about 484,00) came through Origin, EA announced today.

For more on SimCity, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

lol.... but I wonder, what will EA do during the BF4 launch... will they explode?

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

holy sh*t, nobody uses origin! they said they were nearly 20 millions a few months ago...

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

It's not "competitor Valve", it's not a competition, people choose Steam because it's good, Origin is just pushed down our throats. If there was an option I bet there wouldn't be 3% of those users.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Comparing Origin to Steam is just ridiculous. Origin have just 15 titles where as Steam have more than 2000 titles. GS is really proving itself a BS.

Carreau13
Carreau13

And not one user enjoys being forced to use it.

AlexFili
AlexFili

More users, more problems

skullomania2
skullomania2

So I wonder how many there where when Sim City Crashed? lol

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

I wonder how many of these are mandatory sign-ups?

WickedOne87
WickedOne87

Ofc they set a record, they force you to use it -.-

Dahlgren
Dahlgren

The number of  users (concurrent or otherwise) on Origin is irrelevant now that EA has games that require an always-online connection in order to play them at all.  That skews the numbers all out of whack and cannot be compared to voluntary use statistics, particularly to Steam which commonly allows off-line play, even for games that require the Steam client to be installed.  That fact also makes this blurb from EA, parroted by the useless Eddie Makuch, irrelevant as well.  It kind of makes one wonder how much Gamespot is getting from EA for the publicity...

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

Ahhh...using a single player game to increase user count...

underoath83
underoath83

I stopped playing BF3 because it is on that buggy P.O.S. software. I feel bad for those who still use it....oh wait, no I don't. Stop using it people, so EA can just die the miserable death they deserve while we all point and laugh.

max-hit
max-hit

Piece of s**t. every game I got from Origin wasn't playable like any other online game.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

The rage over Origin seems completely unjustified, to me.

Yes, it's EA, and yes, it's something separate from Steam, but other than that I don't see how the Origin software is bad/gets in the way of gaming.

Objectively, it's identical to Steam, no better or worse. Just a different piece of software you need to play certain games.

Plus it's not like you really "have your games in two different places" when you can just add shortcuts to your Steam library for your Origin games.

msfan1289
msfan1289

"After SimCity launch, simultaneous user player figure for EA's online service reaches new milestone."

yeah because all those people are FORCED to use that POS Origin just to play the game. So EA should not even look at this as a victory, because I'm sure more then half are not happy using Origin, I know I am not ( Mass Effect 3 and BF 3)

atopp399
atopp399

Origin ended my relationship with EA.  I have not purchased an EA game since Battlefield 2 and will never purchase another one as long as Origin, or an online connection for a single player game, is required.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

They should do another study to see how many people use Origin to buy games, as opposed to those who're simply OK with being told to pull down their pants and bend over just to play a game they bought somewhere else.

CORKEATRON
CORKEATRON

It's crap that you have to have Origin to play EA games you bought boxed but Valve does exactly the same thing. In fact loads of PC games require Steam to play whether you bought them boxed or not. 

Although Steam in my opinion is the better of the two services, you still shouldn't be forced into using it. It's completely against consumer choice.


nutcrackr
nutcrackr

I don't mind Origin

*flame suit on*

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Kinda sad that 1.3 million completely broke the system.  Meanwhile, XBL gets hammered by more than that during CoD launches and has never had issues anywhere near as bad.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

1 million players all unhappy about being forced to use Origin over Steam online at the same time.

BattyOnBench
BattyOnBench

Why couldn't they just use steam, I hate origin and having my games in 2 different places

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Hah...the only reason you have any concurrent users is because people are forced to be online by you and forced to use origin.

Steam concurrent users is from happily being online even though they don't have to be. Big difference.

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

@Seth_Defiler You can chose not to play EA games and not be a prisoner. I don't play Battlefield, I didn't and won't play ME3 and I only played DS 1 and 2. 


EA won't be taking this free man in any time soon.

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Maybe my avatar shows some bias, but I don't know how people can put Origin on their computer. Just the sight of it's icon would give me the creeps. I look at it like a cancer waiting to devour my computer.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

40+ million willing Steam users Vs 1.3 million forced BF3 fans yeah you can't brag 

thrice00
thrice00

there is almost 40 millions users... they are talking about concurent(at the same time) users.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

@Reuwsaat Steam is shoved down our throats as well. Go to Gamestop and read the boxes for a few PC games. Many of them will require a Steam account to even play the game, again asserting that you don't actually "own" the game you just bought. Having said that, Steam is a surprisingly decent service that I actually don't mind. I buy stuff from Steam all the time. Origin, however...

Rickiej
Rickiej

@Dahlgren Exactly, I chose volentarily for Steam, Origin was forced upon me.

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

@underoath83 I stopped buying EA-published games because I don't want to use Origin, and due to EA's way of doing business.

Yes, I'm missing some good games. But thankfully the market is full of great games not touched and ruined by EA.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@nutcrackr  Sorry to hear it you like it that way. 

Some people don't mind being bent over to play their games i suppose.

CyberCam1969
CyberCam1969

@BattyOnBench LOL! I love you name man... a true yaddi's name! I guess you and Steam are as close as a batty on bench! ;)

TrueGB
TrueGB

@BattyOnBench Creating their own service ensures the flow of money stays directly in EA's pocket rather than giving Valve a cut.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Shango4 Now I hate EA more than the next guy, but this has little to do with Origin.

The summary is "If you let someone compromise your computer, they can use Origin to compromise your computer."

Hackers can't magically replace the URIs on your computer with something else.  You need to have clicked something, downloaded something, run something that allows them to do it.

And if you've done that, you're already done and infected.  What does it matter if they can then make Origin do interesting things?  They already have your computer.

Origin really has nothing to do with it. If you are connected to the internet your computer is vulnerable.  It's not EA's fault you have no idea how to use the internet safely.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Shango4 i posted it on the battle log forum & EA drone Blocked the Post cause i posted it on PS3/360 side & PC side calling it spam i see it has him corvering his bosses ass 

%s

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Banefire76Now I hate EA more than the next guy, but this has little to do with Origin.

The summary is "If you let someone compromise your computer, they can use Origin to compromise your computer."

Hackers can't magically replace the URIs on your computer with something else.  You need to have clicked something, downloaded something, run something that allows them to do it.

And if you've done that, you're already done and infected.  What does it matter if they can then make Origin do interesting things?  They already have your computer.

Origin really has nothing to do with it. If you are connected to the internet your computer is vulnerable.  It's not EA's fault you have no idea how to use the internet safely.

iminsanescott
iminsanescott

@thrice00 u mean 4.9 million?

i dont think theres 40 million people with a computer powerfull enough to play this sim city game.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

@RoadStar1602 I never noticed that as all the games I buy are from Steam anyways, last physical copy I bought was I think Okami for PS2, since those days I always used Steam: excellent offers and never had a problem with their service. I'm not anti-EA hater or anything, but Origin is rather shameful, wouldn't mind to run it on the background, but at least I hoped that it worked at least to the point that I could game without worries.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@MadCityTechNow I hate EA more than the next guy, but this has little to do with Origin.

The summary is "If you let someone compromise your computer, they can use Origin to compromise your computer."

Hackers can't magically replace the URIs on your computer with something else.  You need to have clicked something, downloaded something, run something that allows them to do it.

And if you've done that, you're already done and infected.  What does it matter if they can then make Origin do interesting things?  They already have your computer.

Origin really has nothing to do with it. If you are connected to the internet your computer is vulnerable.  It's not EA's fault you have no idea how to use the internet safely.

MadCityTech
MadCityTech

@Spartan_418 @MadCityTech Just google "Origin Spyware", atleast Steam doesn't require you to have you whole system monitored and sent AND sold to 3rd party clients. Origin doesn't give you an "OPT Out" feature when it comes to privacy. Origin has also been used by hackers to connect to your pc. And furthermore... do you RELLY trust EA with your info or security?