Submitted by MakiManPR 557d ago | news

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." (PC, PS3, SimCity, Xbox 360)

Credit url: kotaku.com
majiebeast  +   557d 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.
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Godmars290  +   557d 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.
Nawert  +   557d ago
It's going to take them awhile to add CPU cities to make it single player.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   557d 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.
Bimkoblerutso  +   557d 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...
ThanatosDMC  +   556d 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.
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Septic  +   556d ago
I just saw the ad in the picture advertised on tv about 10 minutes ago.
camel_toad  +   557d 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.
DonteDemonSlayer  +   557d 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.
PooEgg  +   556d 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.
Derekvinyard13  +   556d ago
DRM is the problem dammit !!!!!
Number-Nine  +   557d ago
EA is great!

Kran  +   557d 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 :)
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Dread  +   557d ago
Electronic arts is great
I think its with "is"
Number-Nine  +   557d 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.
Kran  +   557d ago
But "is" just doesn't...

i mean... :/
clearelite  +   556d ago
EA IS a corporation. A corporation, Singular.

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


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

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harrisk954  +   556d 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.
uuaschbaer  +   556d ago
Careful: not in Europe but in Great Britain, outside of Britain people learn proper English at school.
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Saryk  +   557d 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!
Saryk  +   557d ago
I have a wonder. When EA sends out a memo, how fast does it take to become news?
Farsendor1  +   557d ago
this should have been predicted,diablo 3
SlapHappyJesus  +   557d ago
Stop making such stupid decisions and people will stop hating you so much.

Look at it this way . . . people aren't expecting, and they sure as hell don't want, their singleplayer experiences to be indefinitely tied to an online experience.
A queue to play your game by yourself?
Well, EA . . . that's idiotic beyond belief.
Taggart451  +   557d ago
I'm surprised you linked to a Polygon article with a Kotaku header image.

aliengmr  +   557d ago
Why suspend the ad campaign? Is it a way of halting sales?
MestreRothN4G  +   557d ago
To have something to announce with a bang in a few days.

"It is fixed, marketing campaign is back, our game works".
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clearelite  +   556d ago
They must be redirecting funds to their new "Always-online DRM is okay again" ad campaign.
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MestreRothN4G  +   557d ago
I'm glad DRM is dying.
Muffins1223  +   557d ago
The only thing drm needs to work is better servers... that's all.And if we get better servers i can assure you it will not die.
ylwzx3  +   557d ago
DRM doesn't need to exist. Period.
aliengmr  +   557d ago
No. DRM simply doesn't work. It never has.

Ubi had to stop the always online crap because it was having the opposite effect.
Red_Devilz  +   556d ago
couldn't agree more
TechnicianTed  +   556d ago
The only people that suffer from DRM are the paying customers, the pirates find ways around DRM one way or another.

The steps some companies are taking is just silly now.
kingPoS  +   557d ago
Hhahaha! This is first time I've heard of a company purposely halt advertizing of their newly released product. I know the situation behind it, but that doesn't make any less amusing.
ylwzx3  +   557d ago
I can't say I feel bad for EA. This company is my enemy.
grassyknoll  +   557d ago
You have to be a really special publisher to kill SimCity, but I think they've done it!
kobonline  +   556d ago
I'm so disappointed. I've been waiting 10 years for a true sequel to Sim City 4 and what we got is this crap.

You would have thought that they learned their mistakes from Sim City Societies.

I would have been satisfied with Sim City 4's gameplay with updated 3D graphics. This crap feels like an IOS game.
clearelite  +   556d ago
Thank you EA, for reminding people how absolutely absurd alwyays-online DRM is.

At least for a little while, until you trick them into using it.
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madpuppy  +   556d ago
At the end of the day, games are still products, and no matter how hard a developer worked on the game if things are implemented that ruin the game play experience, like Always on DRM, or no way to win a game if you don't spend extra money on micro-transactions.
It either needs to be fixed or fail in the market. sometimes, that is the ONLY way a Company will learn and change.
aLiEnViSiToR  +   556d ago
parkerpeters  +   556d ago
EA needs to learn one day. The only way that companies learn is by people not buying their products. Complaining doesnt help, because you already bought the damn game.

If you bought Sim City, you should ask for a refund, and if they refuse, then yell bait and switch, and take their ass to court. This game is not what they advertised. I am sure they know that. I am sure you all see that.
lassenwolf  +   556d ago
Ea needs to stop making or financing games, They are the biggest rip off ever. I stopped buying any EA game and haven't bought a sports game from them forever. They started the on line pass now they can eat it.
kostchtchie_  +   556d ago
i hope this fail shows other developers that we need Online & Offline games, none this always online garbage, feel for fellow gamers that bought this game
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tweet75  +   556d ago
EA needs to personally refund every gamer that has purchased simcity and take it off the market. Otherwise EA should be boycotted
bmwyallaa  +   556d ago
you know what, iv been a fan of simcity back when it was on snes and the original simcity pc on our IBM 486 33mghz 2mg of ram and this game particularity iv been following its progress for some time now i swear i was waiting for time of work so i can go buy this game and then i found out all this shit about single player online and saving your cities on servers and some other cunts city affecting mine mate i just wanna play single player not everyone has a good internet connection. Or when the data cap is almost at its limit, you don't want to fucking use the internet to play single player fuck ya
BitbyDeath  +   556d ago
Maxis will be fine, Sims earns too much money.

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