EA closing Sims Facebook games

Publisher retiring The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society on June 14 due to inactivity.

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Electronic Arts announced today that it will close Facebook games The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society on June 14. The publisher called the decision to retire the games "difficult."

EA explained that though "millions" played each game initially, user activity has since fallen off. "For people who have seen other recent shutdowns of social games, perhaps this is not surprising," the company said in a statement.

Players with unspent in-game currency balances are encouraged to spend the remainder of their money before the games go offline. Virtual currency will become "invalid" when the games shut down and it is not clear if players will be able to secure a refund for any unspent funds.

EA will make a "special offer" available to players of the affected titles in the form of an unspecified PopCap game. Further details on this promotion will be made available in-game "soon," EA said.

Facebook games from EA that will live on include Bejeweled Blitz, Solitaire Blitz, and Plants vs. Zombies Adventures.

The Sims Social was at the heart of a recent lawsuit between EA and Zynga. EA claimed that Zynga's The Ville was a Sims Social clone, alleging that it represents an act of copyright infringement. Though EA called the suit a matter of principle, the case was settled with Zynga reportedly pleased with the result.

Discussion

72 comments
orangemo8
orangemo8

Dont worry They will regret their decision They will open a new one and after a few months BAM drops from 99% To 0% Then they will open all the old ones you love maybe Youll be sorry EA. Lots of people playing them and u decide to shut em down Ull be shut down after because no one will be playing your new games. Theirs like 3 million users in Pet Society and its been popular since August 8 2008 the day it was released Ever since EA bought Playfish the income is starting to go down.  LOTS OF PEOPLE BEGGING U TO OPEN OLD TITLES such as Restaurant City. Theirs a lot of people who played that game.

aiaiwinnie
aiaiwinnie

Not gonna play anymore EA games. Less than a year and the games will close down. Lol? -.-

aiaiwinnie
aiaiwinnie

I love pet society. I m sure they must have something to save those games from closing!

Hurvl
Hurvl

I'm playing The Witcher 1 (retail version) now and although it has no similarity with these games, I above all like that it can't be shut down.

stev69
stev69

They are sad because the cash cows have run dry, dont be sad EA you can knock up another one in a few months and extort money from the gullible again. I like the fact they want people to log into a game that is closing down to spend their unused currency rather than offer to refund it thats just seriously lol.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Gotta love the link pic. Skull and crossbones are perfect for bitches like that.

VelvetKevorkian
VelvetKevorkian

What's so difficult about shutting down games that no one plays, EA?

tionmedon
tionmedon

EA=LLLLOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSEEEEERRRRR.................

Bowser05
Bowser05

Probably stopped playing because SimCity came out. That's why I stopped. Too bad they are removing this though I enjoyed this. They should have made SimCity Social mobile. I'd play the heck out of it then.

chansaet
chansaet

What happens when people alot of people stop playing Sim City or the next xbox 720 game? This is why always online DRM is bad. 

cireking213
cireking213

"Players with unspent in-game currency balances are encouraged to spend the remainder of their money before the games go offline."

Prepare for the future of gaming if publishers and developers have their way.

Scrotous
Scrotous

About time, those games are pretty much garbage anyway. Just a bunch of actions to share with people on facebook and wait 24 hours for Sim action, just like the one i got on android, probably. Hope everyone gets tired of those FB games so that developers can see that these kind of games are nothing but quick time killers with no depth, unlike consoles.

cirugo
cirugo

anyone who would consider buying SimCity itself now, with its server-connection requirement to be able to play, is flat-out NUTS.

nurnberg
nurnberg

f2p : fail to play.  Lol

nurnberg
nurnberg

Looks like the "future of gaming" is struggling right now.  What can you expect when 1 million no-budget crappy games get released at the same time?  I think the bandwagon just derailed off a cliff.

nurnberg
nurnberg

What?  I was told that social games are the "future of gaming", and that players "enjoy and embrace microtransactions".  Was it a lie?

mred1289
mred1289

there was a time when i played it non stop i wanted that shin new kitchen coffe maker or haunted mirror and fish tank and dont get me wrong it was fun but i stopped playing cuz they moved to fast with the game first the beach house okay cool i had two houses to manage then a city penthouse and etc etc they just moved to fast for me i had a shitload of missions cuz thy kept adding more i felt overwhelmed and i just got tired of it 

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

That's what happens to casual style games. The casual gamers stop playing after a while. Of course big company execs don't understand what playing games is like so they didn't know that.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

And this is why I don't play online games. The EA giveth, the EA can taketh away any time it feels like it's not getting rich enough out of it.

soulless4now
soulless4now

And not a single fuck was giving because it's EA. 

xxsuperbananaxx
xxsuperbananaxx

LOL, Sim City Social is shutting down less than a year after it launched. Great job EA. Proof that the "freemium" model is horrible game design.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

well if the didn't suck so  bad and the fact that you had to buy all the good stuff with real money didn't help either

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

They destroyed Sims Social very early by making the quests ridiculously hard and impossible..

berserker66666
berserker66666

EA Games. Worst Company in America. Twice. 'Nuff Said

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

I love these articles! It truly shows how these publishers treat games and your money. This is also a very important example of how horrible games as a service actually is. They can shutdown any game at any time and when they do you lose everything.

I laugh at all of the people that wasted money on this crap business model but I do hope they learn to maybe NOT support such a brutal business model anymore.

Vote with your money people not just lame ass posts on forums and comment sections.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Everyone keeps saying how mobile is the future of the gaming industry, yet all I keep seeing are more and more of these half-games shutting down.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Good.  Social gaming is for n00bs 

BoromiRwcgeorge
BoromiRwcgeorge

and they keep insisting "always online/on/drm", call it what you want, is good...

adroge1
adroge1

This is the future paradigm of gaming that M$/EA/Ubisoft wants. Anyone who spent money on the game just got screwed.

91210user
91210user

This is just stupid! I quit Simcity Social because of the unfairness the game had during an event. I paid for resources yet the game locked me along witht he rest of the players, until the quest told me that I had to pay (which I didn't!). Are you telling me that I didn't clock onto this? Simcity Social along with the other games cheated the player and did whatever they can to extract a bit more money out to the point where it wasn't a pay to win game, it was a pay because they wanted the money game and someone was clearly watching!

They aren't shutting down Madden Social, what's up with that? Hey Gamespot. EA hasn't given you the rest of the news!

Facebook didn't like the fact that players were teaming up, waving in crowds following Simcity socials. It just destoryed Facebook and that's why Facebook didn't like it!

There loads of reason why this game was shut down Gamespot and it wasn't because of the 'lack of players reason' with EA activity.


What's worst is that the team that created Simcity Social is based on London.

oKiRe
oKiRe

Here is just another reason why always online is bullshit. 

Lord_luke
Lord_luke

3 pay to win games destroyed and many more to go.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

So EA can think of a game idea, create it and sue anyone that resembles it, then gets no player base and shuts it down and repeat the process?

What game is next?

Valacan
Valacan

As someone who did play a lot of Simcity Social I have to say that I'm not surprised. They made timed missions that were basically impossible to do without spending money on the game. The alien attack scenario they just had for example, it was almost impossible to upgrade the buildings in the few days time limit. If they made it actually playable on a casual basis then perhaps it would have succeeded. But, they got greedy.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Less Sim invites flooding my facebook notifications, i am cool with that.

stev69
stev69

@chansaet Its alright they were planning to shut it down when Sim City 6 gets released anyway.

stev69
stev69

@cireking213 Its not the future my friend the reality of it is that it is already present, they do have their way and the blind masses buy their shit still.

stev69
stev69

@nurnberg Nah....please sell me more always online junk, look im throwing my credit card at the screen, why wont you take it!!!!!!!!!!

xxsuperbananaxx
xxsuperbananaxx

@Huskypaw Spam your friends with neighbor request, pay with real money to actually advance, spam your friends some more for quest item....

yup, it was a horrible "game"

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@oKiRe Exactly! Inactivity and *BAM* a useless game on your shelf.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Lord_luke actually it is more play pay to play because there was allot of stuff that you couldn't get without paying for it

Kuari999
Kuari999

@Ice-Cube To be fair, it went far beyond simply resembling it and bordered on near identical, frame for frame, but I suppose in the long run that's beyond the point now.

neoand12
neoand12

@xsonicchaos @oKiRe 

Relying on casuals only to make profit go up and *BAM* they will leave you as quickly as they came.