Neoseeker : News : EA Origin user base exceeds 50 million, Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers now over 4 million
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Fatherbrain30 Jul 23, 13
So the *bleep* what? That doesn't mean it isn't subject to criticism.
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overKill Jul 23, 13
Your use of the term "premium subscribers" made me think it had finally turned into a subscription service - unfortunately that is not the case.

I only have Origin installed on my computer because it forces me to have it - otherwise I wouldn't use it at all. I also enjoy Battlefield 3 but find $30.00 for DLC to be ridiculous - now all of my favourite servers require the DLC pack, even when it's on a regular map. If they changed it to a $5/month deal I would be more likely to do it as I only play battlefield in spurts, or they could lower the price of premium to a more fair $20.
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KotomineKirei Jul 23, 13
overKill
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you'd rather pay $5/month than to pay $30(equal to 6 months at $5) one time?

Anyway, Steam, GFWL, UPlay and Origin are going to kill any freedom we had with PC gaming...
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overKill Jul 23, 13
Yes. Because ultimately with how many games I play, I won't be playing Battlefield 3 Premium for a whole 6 months. Maybe 2-3. The others who will play for 12+ months will make up for me only playing for 2-3, so I don't think there's any money lost there.

I personally like Steam - what I don't like is that Origin is essentially trying to steal the fame (and inevitable money) that Steam has. It's just a giant failure (from my eyes) because they're not trying to be themselves.
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Euphoric Jul 23, 13
quote overKill
Yes. Because ultimately with how many games I play, I won't be playing Battlefield 3 Premium for a whole 6 months. Maybe 2-3. The others who will play for 12+ months will make up for me only playing for 2-3, so I don't think there's any money lost there.
Actually there is major potential for lost money there. You are suggesting that the company punish loyal customers who engage with their content a lot just so that casual users can save a few dollars. That is really bad business and would never ever happen from a company that is smart enough to get to where EA is. They aren't going to drive away the hardcore players who make them more money over a longer period of time than fleeting casuals.

That's not a slight against you or your playing habits. Just a statement of fact about smart business.
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rpg Jul 23, 13
EA = bad business, but regardless of what they do or the services they force or implement on a consumer if people are willing to pay that's that

If EA had really done a p2p M/S for their dlc, games like battlefield, ME, and etc could push it into acceptance even with the *common* negative criticism they already recieve.

It would be kool to have both of those payment plans though now that I think of it, to cater both type of gamers and I believe overkill meant no real money loss for him/herself not the company euphoric, though I'm not completely sure.
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overKill Jul 23, 13
quote Euphoric
quote overKill
Yes. Because ultimately with how many games I play, I won't be playing Battlefield 3 Premium for a whole 6 months. Maybe 2-3. The others who will play for 12+ months will make up for me only playing for 2-3, so I don't think there's any money lost there.
Actually there is major potential for lost money there. You are suggesting that the company punish loyal customers who engage with their content a lot just so that casual users can save a few dollars. That is really bad business and would never ever happen from a company that is smart enough to get to where EA is. They aren't going to drive away the hardcore players who make them more money over a longer period of time than fleeting casuals.

That's not a slight against you or your playing habits. Just a statement of fact about smart business.
If DLC is being released on a fairly regular basis (lets say once every month - not that it is, but if it were, though it probably would be if it was a subscription model), not to mention that there are other benefits to having Premium such as extra weapons and whatnot, and given how good the game is - I really don't see the people who would otherwise buy premium not getting it and sticking to it because of it being monthly.

Though, this is Electronic Arts, master of ruining games (they take over a game and turn most of what should have been content in to micro-transactions) so I can see 20/20 as to why they would not go with a subscription model.
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THM Jul 23, 13
I'll have a second thought about that.
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DiamondMaster11 Jul 23, 13
Considering you NEED Origin to run their games, I don't really see the amount of users as a good sign of how great of a system it is.
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nipsen Jul 24, 13
So what they're saying is that over the entire lifetime of the PC and console versions - they've cumulatively managed to get 4 million people to sign up and play at least one game.

Including all serial duplicate accounts, resubscribers, second mail-address accounts after inactivity, and indirectly reactivated accounts after bans. Note that you automatically get an origin account if you ever start the game on console while logged in to xbl/psn.

This isn't a very high number, you know.
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DarkLordAkuma Jul 24, 13
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People can complain all they want about how much they hate Origin, but the numbers certainly don't lie. Granted, EA kind of forces anyone who buys their games to sign up, but that still leads to high figures and money in their pocket. Last October, Origin had only 20 million, so the latest report shows quite a jump.
The numbers may not lie about the number of users, using origin, but the validity of the their use is another thing. All these figures do is tell us how many people have bought at least one EA Game with Origin attached, it says absolutely nothing for the success of the service itself.
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RoninRedFox Jul 24, 13
Just because I have to use it, doesn't mean I like using it.
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 24, 13
Not surprising when everyone who buys their games needs Origin to play it. The thing about EA is they they're trying to copy Steam without understanding why its popular.

Of course these are the same guys who got up on their soapbox and declared that games are too expensive and something has to be done.
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overKill Jul 24, 13
quote Zombie_Barioth
Of course these are the same guys who got up on their soapbox and declared that games are too expensive and something has to be done.
They seriously said that? They're like, "Okay. The base games will now be $30 - much cheaper than the $60-70 you're seeing now. BUT - we'll give you a whole 5% of the content. The rest will be micro-transactions."
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