1. Interesting tidbit in there that I hadn’t seen before (perhaps from lack of paying attention):

    Steam still has over 40 million users, compared to 9.3 million on Origin.

    The article frames that as quick growth for EA while completely discounting EA’s prior downloadable services. It’s not as though Origin sprang forth from nothing, fully formed.

  2. cjelli said : The article frames that as quick growth for EA while completely discounting EA’s prior downloadable services. It’s not as though Origin sprang forth from nothing, fully formed.

    I wonder if Forbes didn’t look this hard, didn’t know this, or didn’t care.

    I’m also curious how many people were users of EA’s Digital Store pre-Origin. But I feel like saying someone is an EA:Digital Store/Origin user is kinda like saying someone once bought something from Amazon. But most people I know don’t just stay logged into Origin like they do with Steam.

  3. If anyone in the gaming industry deserves their success, it’s Gabe.

  4. jauntyfedora said : But most people I know don’t just stay logged into Origin like they do with Steam.  

    I think a major challenge for Origin will be creating the same kind of convivial atmosphere that drives me to check in on Steam right when I get home, just to see what my friends are up to. They’re going to need a lot more games.

  5. In the (unsuccessful) process of trying to do some number-crunching about concurrent user stats for Steam/Origin, I just noticed that the July 2010 Steam hardware/software survey has an entry for EA Downloader.

    EA Download Manager
    12.09%

    Which doesn’t, of course, say anything about people who used EA Downloader but not Steam, nor (I would think?) about people who used and then uninstalled EA Downloader prior to the survey. But just taking that number for a second — for every 100 Steam users, 12 also used EA downloader — it’s an interesting benchmark. That’s about half the percentage one might guess from the 40-to-9.3 million number in the article, which suggest that the EA/Origin user base just about doubled as a proportion of Steam users from 2010 to 2012.

    Of course, that assumes so much it’s pretty much useless and probably wrong. It would be interesting, though, to compare it to the next Steam survey and see what Origin’s percentage at that point has become.

  6. The most interesting stat, I think, would be to find out how many of those 9.3 million on Origin also have a Steam account. I’d be willing to bet that it’s over 90%.

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