The Sims Series Has Surpassed $5 Billion In Lifetime Sales

The Sims has been been a very profitable series.

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The Sims has surpassed an extraordinary sales milestone according to EA's latest financial report.

As part of their quarterly earning report, EA revealed plenty about their current success stories. Apex Legends has reached 70 million players, for instance, and will now be treated as an annual franchise. CEO Andrew Wilson also singled out The Sims 4 as a strong performer, with an average monthly player count that rose 40% in 2019.

Now, thanks thanks to Wilson's earnings call, we know exactly how much money The Sims franchise has made since the first game released in 2000.

"Engagement across the franchise has led The Sims to surpass $5 billion in lifetime sales," Wilson stated. "The Sims continues to be one of the great franchise in gaming, and we have plans to bring new experiences to its amazing players for a long time to come."

The Sims has long been a strong seller and a cultural phenomenon. The next expansion for The Sims 4, Discover University, will release for PC on November 14. The long-running series will return to Steam in the coming months, with The Sims 4 being made available on the storefront for the first time.

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Just as "Tickle Me Elmo" secured Elmo's spot as King of Sesame Street, the success of The Sims means that we're probably never going to see a decent follow-up to Sim City 2000, especially with the failure of Sim City 2013.

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@velite: I thought 3000 was pretty good.

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@WarGreymon77: I meant 3000 but they're probably going to focus on The Sims from here on especially with the fallout surrounding 2013. Maxis was shut down anyway IIRC.

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of course it's possible when every expansion which adds couple items is 40 bucks

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@HesamB: Why would players keep buying just a couple items for $40?

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@mogan: ask the sims players

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@HesamB: As somebody who has played The Sims a bit, I can answer that myself. The expansions are actually a lot more than "a couple items." What you're probably thinking of the "Stuff Packs", which are something like $10 for a few dozen items and usually some kind of new feature (pets, or gyms, or the like). Not all of them are worth the money, but if you're into the game, most are.

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@mogan:

they are literally releasing the same expansions for every version of the sims and charge money for it, pets, magic etc...

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@HesamB: Some add similar stuff, some don’t. I generally tried to buy them on sale.

The Sims is in a weird place where any new version of the game can’t possibly include all the content from the previous one plus all the old packs, which makes switching to a new version difficult. That’s probably why The Sims 4 has lasted so long.

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Edited By WarGreymon77

They peaked with The Sims 2. I hope they can one day make a Sims game as good as that.

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One day, EA. One day...

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