Yesterday at EA’s earnings conference, the company’s COO Peter Moore talked about Origin and some mighty impressive figures relating to their digital distribution service. Origin boasts 30 million registered users and 4.4 million people who have purchased content of some form. That’s pretty impressive, considering less than a year ago I didn’t have high hopes for anyone rivaling Steam and was a bit annoyed that Mass Effect 3 couldn’t be purchased anywhere but Origin. EA is continuing to secure developers all the time to publish their titles on the service, with Moore stating that there are over 70 that do so presently.
Personally, I don’t mind so much EA requiring a connection to Origin via their games – whether you purchase them digitally or not – but I will likely only use the service for EA titles. (Although, keep in mind that part of the reason they may boast so many registered users is because of this requirement.) My library right now boasts Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and The Sims 3 (plus expansions). Still, their success is pretty impressive and will likely only continue to grow.