EA's Origin service is hardly the most popular service amongst gamers. From reactions on here, many folks seem to grudgingly use it for their Battlefield 3 fix but still -- it's a growing service. This week, most likely as a result of SimCity sales, and possibly even SimCity's very public online woes, Origin propelled itself to new concurrent users record.
After SimCity sold a reported 1.1 million units, Origin's concurrent user record shot to 1.3 million. For perspective -- the current Steam record is over 6 million concurrent users.
Still, big numbers. And with poor financial results forthcoming, which resulted in the resignation of EA's CEO John Riccitiello, EA is in need of good news like this. But surely it's tainted by the possibility that many of these users were possibly queuing to play SimCity. It's one of those good news/bad news situations.