Train2Game students might be among those using Origin, EA’s digital distribution service, which the publisher claims now has 9.3 million users.
The number would make EA’s Origin about a quarter of the size of rival digital distribution service Steam which has more than 40 million users. EA also claim that the service has generated $100 million in sales in its first 12 months of operation.
EA are using Origin to generate sales for popular titles such as Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic which aren’t available to purchase or play through rival service Steam. Mass Effect 3 will be an Origin exclusive for those looking to purchase it digitally, unlike the previous two games in the series which were available to buy through Steam.
Capcom, Warner Bros and THQ are among publishers that are backing EA’s Origin, allowing their games to be purchased through the service, while Trion Worlds, CD Projekt RED and Paradox Interactive are also among its supporters.
The Train2Game Blog has previously reported that EA are committed to increasing output for digitally distributed games, and these stats seems to suggest the publisher is moving in the right direction.
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So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Origin’s stats after a year? Do you use the service?
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