Battlefield 3 produces over 1 TB of data every day

By Brenna Hillier
27 February 2013 02:05 GMT

Despite being more than a year old, Battlefield 3 is still in such demand that its users generate more than 1 terabyte of data every day.

The figure was supplied to VentureBeat by EA chief technology officer Rajat Taneja.

EA tracks more than 50 telemetry events for each player in every Battlefield 3 match, Taneja said. Every 15 minutes, Battlefield 3 players throw 3.9 million grenades, destroy 648,000 vehicles and create 24 million explosions, he added.

It’s not just Battlefield; EA follows many other titles including its incredibly successful The Simpsons Tapped Out, which has 120 telemetry events. Players have spent more than 1.97 billion donuts, placed 7.36 million Kwik-E-Mart stores and built 3.43 million Krusty Burger restaurants to generate 14.5 TB of date each month.

EA has 275 million registered users, monitors 2 billion play sessions per month, and records 50 TB of data every day.

That EA stores all this information certainly explains why the publisher might be looking to reduce its data storage costs. Taneja said that EA will soon need to track 2 billion gamers across all platforms, as opposed to “just” 200 million console users.

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