Originally Posted by Roadhog
Well if you take the peak played today from the stats page, add it up, you get 698,276 people playing the accounted games at the same time. At that same time there were 4,476,096 people online, which is a decent 15.6% at that given time of people playing games. However, you can't use that to judge game play time as not everyone plays a game for 24 hours straight. Since you had 4,476,096 people on, and 24 hours in a day, you would be able to have 186,504 people playing for one hour at a time. Pretty far away from the 698,276 player peak of today... To say there wasn't 5 million different people that opened a game that day is just silly.
But you do have to register with their service....
My point is there is a difference between concurrent and total users. People are touting this 5 million users mark like it's a lot of people playing through Steam when it's not nearly that impressive for a service that has been around for nearly a decade now.
There were as many people playing WoW and TOR at peak yesterday than the entirety of Steam combined
. That's two games, versus the 1,800 games available on Steam.
And no, you don't have to register with Blizzard, or Activision, or EA for all of their games. The only game that forces you to log in to Origin at this point is BF3. Blizzard doesn't have a service like Steam, yet, and Activision games are linked to Steam. If any of these companies decided tomorrow that you could no longer play their games without using their front end they would immediately dwarf Steam.
Growing on it's own would be impressive. Forcing growth by making people use your product to play the games they buy doesn't impress me in the slightest. We might as well be having press releases on how many systems Securom is installed on and celebrate it like it's an accomplishment.