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EA completes SimCity server upgrades

EA completes SimCity server upgrades

After the disastrous launch of SimCity last week, Electronic Arts and Maxis moved quickly to try and get the game back up and running after servers crashed due to overwhelming demand. This led to download failures for many gamers, and some pre-orderers weren't even able to get access to the download at launch. However, EA has announced that they've finished upgrading to the newer and faster servers.

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EA offers all SimCity owners a free game

EA offers all SimCity owners a free game

EA's SimCity launched with disastrous results. EA wanted to prevent piracy of the game, so they added the Always-On DRM feature that would require players to login to its online servers in order to play their game. While the Always-On DRM feature is good for protecting against piracy, it resulted in an unmitigated login disaster for SimCity. Many gamers were unable to login, downloads were severely slow, people weren't able to unlock their games, and many were unable to enjoy a game they've anticipated for so long.

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EA tells affiliates to “stop actively promoting” SimCity

EA tells affiliates to “stop actively promoting” SimCity

You know things are really bad when Electronic Arts is actively suspending all of its marketing efforts on SimCity. The publisher has sent an email to its marketing affiliate partners asking them to "please stop actively promoting the game" until further notice. Specifically, EA's Origin says they have "deactivated all SimCity text links and creative," and they're asking affiliates to remove all promotional material from their websites.

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Civitas is the DRM-free SimCity game you’ve always wanted

Civitas is the DRM-free SimCity game you’ve always wanted

The SimCity launch earlier this week didn't quite go as planned, as Electronic Arts experienced problems across the board, mostly due to servers crashing. Many gamers experienced download failures and weren't able to play the game on launch day. Because of the outcry, a team of game developers is looking to make a SimCity clone, called Civitas, but they need your help to fund the project.

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SimCity still plagued with server issues, Amazon suspends digital orders

SimCity still plagued with server issues, Amazon suspends digital orders

If you haven't discovered yet, SimCity's launch on Tuesday didn't really go as planned, as the overwhelming demand from customers has been wreaking havoc on Electronic Arts's servers, and while the company expected the issues to be resolved by the end of the launch day, many gamers are still experiencing problems. Because of the ongoing server issues, Amazon has suspended digital download orders of the game.

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EA exec says not all future EA games will USE micro-transactions

EA exec says not all future EA games will USE micro-transactions

In late February, EA chief financial Officer Blake Jorgensen said that EA would be using micro-transactions for all of its PC and console games in the future. That statement polarized many gamers who came out and condemned EA for leaning on micro-transactions. The problem many gamers have with micro-transactions is a fear that games will push players into micro-transactions to be able to play effectively.

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