Possibly to obfuscate their poor financial results, EA’s released this handy-dandy infographic showing just how much time people are spending playing its games. Between October and December, people have spent a frankly ludicrous collective 18 billion minutes kicking a faux football around in FIFA. Here are more mind-boggling numbers.
EA says that in the same time, just 11,340 minutes of actual premier league football has taken place.
Battlefield 4 players have spent over 8 million hours in the air since the game was released in October. In that time, 90,000 very real pilot’s licenses could have been earned. People have driven over 51 million kilometres on Need for Speed Rivals’ roads, which is the equivalent of 4000 trips on the entire autobahn, apparently.
When it comes to the company’s mobile and free to play offerings, the numbers become even more unbelievable, with Simpsons Tapped Out sucking in nearly 20 million players, Real Racing 3 kicking asphalt by clocking up 1.3 billion races in three months, and a record number of bored people racing on Christmas day.
In the free-to-play, charmless Plants vs Zombies sequel, 53.4 billion plants were planted to destroy zombies, which EA says is enough to cover New York’s land surface 3 and a half times. That is a lot of videogames being played.
Here’s the infographic, for your eyeballing pleasure.
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