EA has just put out a press release around Origins achievements. While the numbers do look impressive, the release is more aimed at their non gamer shareholders as anyone that is gaming aware can easily dig deeper into the presented numbers.
Origin now boasts more than 9.3 million registered users and partnerships now with 21 different publishers, not small numbers but really, when compared to Steam, they still have some work to do.
Origin also announced today that seven more publishers have agreed to offer their games for purchase and download. Led by Remedy Entertainmentwho will bring Alan Wake to Origin, additional publishers include Focus Home Interactive, Iceberg Interactive, Strategy First, Macro Games,Selectsoft and Legendo Entertainment. These publishers join 14 previously announced Origin partners, includingWarner Bros.Interactive Entertainment, THQ, Capcom,Trion Worlds andRobot Entertainment.
That is actually good news, Im all for competition, so anything that give gamers better prices is good news. Amazon is out to gain market share, Steam is out to protect it and Origin is out to win it. good news gamers, good news!
Origin has recently recorded several notable milestones:
- SinceJune 2011, sales on Origin have generated more than$100 millionin revenue;
- Nearly 40% of all copies for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ sold to date were purchased via Origin;
- More than 9.3 million users have registered and downloaded the Origin application, with daily active users peaking at more than one million players.
In addition to more than 100 titles from EA including Battlefield 3™, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Need for Speed™ The Run and FIFA 12, top titles from other publishers on Origin include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham City, Saints Row: The Third from THQ and Rift™ fromTrion Worlds.
“The momentum that we’ve achieved with Origin since launching in June has been incredible, buoyed by great games and great partners,” saidDavid DeMartini, Senior Vice President of Origin at EA. “Our fast-growing user base demonstrates the interest from gamers across the world in fully-connected, 365-day digital game experiences. We’re committed to evolving and expanding Origin to help players get the absolute most out of their games, and we’re just getting started.”
What gamers know and shareholders don’t though is that when you force your customers to use Origin because the biggest games you have have to played through Origin, its not really a real number is it? BUT to be fair, Steam did exactly the same thing with their games. So what’s good for the geese is good for the gander.
I have said it before and ill say it again. 2012 is major warfare between online game retailers and there will be plenty of blood on the internet.. but it wont be gamers blood, we just get good prices from all this.
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