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EA suspends SimCity marketing campaigns, asks affiliates to 'stop actively promoting' game

In light of SimCity's disastrous launch week, publisher Electronic Arts has suspended the marketing campaign for the game, according to an internal email obtained by Polygon.

The email, which was sent to all of EA's marketing affiliate partners, informs them that EA is deactivating links through LinkShare and that "we ask you to please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being."

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majiebeast1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

EA should just announce there is a offline mode patch coming in a few weeks and then i would buy the game for sure. Cause it does look pretty good but there is no reason for it to be online only and im not gonna support that its not like the game can have goldfarmers or bots.

I wish Maxis could sever itself from EA before they get shut down for lackluster sales.Sad to see Will Wright's franchises get destroyed by EA's moronic decisions.

Godmars2901233d ago

Thing is the game isn't single player. Looking at several reviews that much is obvious. One city depends and is effected by another.

Nawert1233d ago

It's going to take them awhile to add CPU cities to make it single player.

ZombieNinjaPanda1233d ago

Depends? No. Effected? Yes. Can you easily play the game without anyone else? Yes. People are making their own private servers when they're actually able to get on.

Bimkoblerutso1232d ago

You can create multiple cities. It would be very easy to play singleplayer in this game. You already can, its just you always have to be on....which as anyone can tell, is a disasterous requirement...

ThanatosDMC1232d ago (Edited 1232d ago )

They should copy Anno 2070's setup. Not to mention the maps are too small and why does it take such a long time to visit a friend's city that's adjacent to my city... ridiculous.

Btw, maps are stupidly small. 2013 city building game and it's minuscule.

Septic1232d ago

I just saw the ad in the picture advertised on tv about 10 minutes ago.

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camel_toad1233d ago

Yeh I really do feel sorry for the devs in this situation. People may lose their jobs because of this and it will only be EA's fault, not the devs.

DonteDemonSlayer1233d ago

Funny that they say they have suspended marketing when just last night on Comedy C I saw an advertisement every commercial for the game. The only way EA can save themselves now is add offline mode, or compensate consumers after they address the online issues.

PooEgg1232d ago

The media buyers need time to contact their reps to pull the ads, so that isn't really surprising. It isn't like EA can just make a decision and pull a switch and boom no more Ads.

This will probably be very costly to EA, but they have only themselves to blame, and I suspect this is their karma finally rising up to bite them in the ass.

Kran1233d ago (Edited 1233d ago )

I think this guy was trying to be sarcastic, but failed.

Hence the dot dot dot dot :P

P.S. it's "are great" if you were to be grammatically correct :)

Dread1233d ago

Sorry
Electronic arts is great
I think its with "is"

Number-Nine1233d ago

i thought it was pretty much a given :(.

also, "is" is proper grammar. when talking about a company (and not the people within said company) it's singular.

Kran1233d ago

But "is" just doesn't...

i mean... :/

clearelite1232d ago (Edited 1232d ago )

EA IS a corporation. A corporation, Singular.

Or if things continue like this, "EA WAS a corporation"

example:

"How nice EA is/was for showing people the absurdity of always-on DRM."

:P

harrisk9541232d ago

I believe that in the U.S. a corporation "is" and in Europe "they are"...

I think that the U.S. grammar rule makes more sense since it is only one corporation, not a group.

uuaschbaer1232d ago (Edited 1232d ago )

Careful: not in Europe but in Great Britain, outside of Britain people learn proper English at school.

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Saryk1233d ago

I guess they are in damage control mode now and not let the fire spread as far as it has, which is pretty damn far!

Saryk1233d ago

I have a wonder. When EA sends out a memo, how fast does it take to become news?

Farsendor11233d ago

this should have been predicted,diablo 3

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