EA: Origin has over 5 million daily users

Electronic Arts' Origin platform, launched in early June, already serves a daily userbase of five million and counting, says Peter Moore. Speaking to Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, Moore explained that the company sees the figure as a sign it's on the right track: “you launch software and continue to polish it, upgrade it, get feedback and make it better. That's where we are with Origin.” The COO's commitment to feedback also extended to engaging with one skeptical attendee at a recent keynote address.

“Within five seconds of starting on my first slide somebody shouted out 'Origin sucks!'” Moore tells the Herald. “Unfortunately I didn't hear him the first time so he had to repeat it.” As Moore explains, he then “convinced him over 35 minutes why it actually doesn't suck... I think two years from now we'll be back down here in Australia and talking about how it really enhances and complements the gaming experience, not gets in the way of it, which I think some people do believe right now.”

According to Moore, Origin is intended as a means of engaging more directly with consumers. He suspects that while manufacturers understand and endorse the approach, the platform remains an unknown quantity for users such as his Sydney interlocutor. “I think the fans, the people that have to use it in the early going, are the ones that get it last in regards to what we are trying to do.”

One high-profile, prospective user with a more measured approach is Minecraft developer Notch. In a recent blog post, the FPS fan admitted he was “skeptical” of Origin – but that he'd gladly adopt the platform just for Battlefield 3. “Heck,” admits Notch, “I’d gladly gnaw my own feet off to be able to play Battlefield 3.” Surely Peter Moore would agree that a simple, prominently-placed tattoo should suffice.

Oct 19, 2011

Source: Sydney Morning Herald via Gamasutra


  • mockraven - October 20, 2011 5:55 a.m.

    Like the previous comments have said, I'm steering clear from Origin. I have passed up several games I was wanting because they were part of the Origin network. I know one person's money doesn't make that big a difference to a company, but they're not getting mine. That said, I'm honestly wondering how I'm going to get my ME3 fix (hopefully) next year. Hope there's a way around that mess.
  • VanillaFrog - October 20, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Origin sucks!
  • chrisda - October 19, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    As UberNoob said, most of those users are using Origin for Battlefield. Origin itself is just a terrible service compared to Steam.
  • UberNoob - October 19, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    I personally do not like Origin for several reasons: 1. There's a tax for your purchases. Steam doesn't have that. In fact, Steam is constantly having sales. 2. I have to have an EA Account or Origin Account to play games that are published by EA. It isn't THAT annoying, but it isn't something you want to deal with all the time. 3. The Origin EULA points to it being somewhat like spyware, selling personally data to third parties. To me, BF3 is one of the reasons for such a large amount of users. I stay away from Origin just for these reasons. I have used Origin. In fact, I purchased Crysis 2 using Origin. After finding out what EA has been doing with Origin, I uninstalled Origin.

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