EA Brags About 30 Mil Origin Users
EA’s scheme to compete with Valve appears to be working. According to the publisher, 30 million people have registered for Origin. That news was revealed at last Tuesday’s quarterly investor call, and coming so soon after Medal of Honor: Warfighter flopped, that was a nice bit of good news to go along with the bad. According to EA’s Peter Moore, nearly half of all registrations came from Mobile users, and for now that, along with PC, is where the company intends to focus. “Origin continues to be a PC-centric service,” he said, “one that’s moving quickly to mobile, but as things evolve in the coming years we’ll look at where the demand is. But at the moment Origin is very much PC centric and mobile centric.”
Naturally, I am skeptical any time EA claims to have done anything ‘PC centric’. But at least it appears they’re trying. Trying to look like they’re doing something in the PC space, I mean. I can’t speak to the actual output, which has been a very mixed bag. Next year is put up or shut up time, with EA’s first big PC-only title, the newly rebooted SimCity, dropping during the first 3 months of 2013. With it flop? It might, since you can’t mod it and there’s no single player experience, two things real SimCity fans consider essential; people who don’t normally buy such games are going to have to pick up SimCity in droves to make up for those who might not. And if it does, so too might EA’s interest in expanding Origin as a PC service.