Origin users spent 61 billion minutes playing games in 2014

Wednesday, 15th January 2014 22:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Origin may not yet claim to rival Steam’s near-ubiquitous grasp on PC gaming, but it’s still getting a fair work out.

According to Polygon, EA released an infographic about Origin use during 2013 noting that players had collectively spent a whopping 61 billion minutes gaming on the service.

We can sit here and do some horrifying maths if you like; that works out at 11,5981 years.

The play time count was totted up over 1.3 billion sessions, suggesting the average gameplay sessions is about 45 minutes long. EA also noted that players unlocked 159 million achievements and held close to 300 million chat conversations.

Unfortunately, EA did not provide an updated user count, so we can’t really draw any conclusions as to the service’s growth. Last time EA checked in was July 2013, when Origin had passed 50 million registrations.

Origin is available for Mac and PC, and is the only digital distribution option for many triple-A EA games released on both systems in the last few years. Examples include Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 4. Users can also link their console network IDs to their Origin ID, allowing for a persistent online presence across the publisher’s catalogue.

Rival Steam has over 75 million users, Valve announced today.



  1. NinjaHart

    61 billion minutes in 2014 already? That’s impressive. :O

    #1 11 months ago
  2. GrimRita

    So draw away from the low user count(which they aren’t shouting about) they focus on the ‘minutes played’ I am sure Steam’s numbers are at least triple this.

    Either way, I guess its not bad for a platform FORCED upon people wanting to play their games.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. juantonio86

    when they practically point a gun at you to use that crappy service….

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Darkfield

    @3 That’s ultimately why I skipped on all EA games since ME3/BF3.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    @3 inconvenient, non-optional service = NO service. The sheer cheek of theirs, to go out of their way to add inconvenience into people’s leisure time, and for what purpose.
    What a great plan! “You want to play our one game, you have to use our launcher!” why? and, why wouldn’t I just go play something else? Yeah – oh, “EA”, of course…and the value of that has been eroded (and exploited) to the point that it’s worth precisely, WHAT, now.

    FFS. They’ve even got their golden goose studios dropping pale ones, now. To the extent that the whole lot’s being held up :/

    They don’t have a competing service. Their embracing of community (last I checked) was dire. (The last positive for them was from and due to Criterion around Burnout – but, hey, let’s set them on OUR fumbled franchise, and then split and swap about in the wake) I wish they’d just give this Origin thing up. More people could be sold to without it, and they’ve been far too quiet when it comes to the community/feedback-driven redesign/refit of it, that they mentioned a year or so back. Bury it.

    #5 11 months ago

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