Sections

SimCity sells 1.1 million in first two weeks

Despite connectivity issues, fans turned up to play Maxis' newest

Electronic Arts has announced that SimCity has sold more than 1.1 million copies within its two week launch window. The number reflects sell through to consumers and around 54 percent of users purchased a digital version of the title. 44 percent of sales came through EA's Origin online store.

"SimCity had a great weekend with sales strong across both North America and Europe, adding to overwhelming demand at launch that has us tracking well beyond expectations for the game," said EA chief operating officer Peter Moore. "SimCity is one of the storied brands in gaming, and Maxis delivered a game re-envisioned and engineered for the online age."

These strong sales persisted despite the game's rough reception due to connectivity issues. EA did not detail what percentage of sales came prior to the reports of gamers being shut out of SimCity due to the always-online requirements, so there's no visibility on if negative reports led to a sales drop-off. EA says it has increased server capacity by more than 400 percent to deal with demand, but a number of the game's community features remain offline.

EA is also boasting 1.3 million peak concurrent users on Origin, thanks in part to users playing SimCity.

For users that suffered through SimCity's connectivity issues, EA has offered one free Origin game in recompense. Interested users must purchase and register their copy of SimCity prior to March 25 and claim their free game by March 30. Offered games include standard editions of Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Bejeweled 3, Plants vs. Zombies, and the deluxe edition of SimCity 4. More information on the offer can be found here.

Related stories

NHL sizing up eSports opportunity

Commissioner Gary Bettman envisions something like the NBA 2K eLeague, with each team running its own gaming squad

By Brendan Sinclair

EA's Ultimate Team now worth $800 million annually

CFO Blake Jorgensen says EA spends "a lot of time thinking about" how to add similar mechanics to Battlefield and Battlefront

By Matthew Handrahan

Latest comments (10)

and how many sales have they lost due to this disaster? well that number will never really be known now will it.

and to be honest, look at the free games offered? FPS shooters , one after another.. for simcity players. Talk about out of touch EA, they cant even offer free games right.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Todd Weidner on 18th March 2013 8:31pm

2Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 4 years ago
Do these numbers include the many many pre-orders?
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Christopher Thigpen Lead Producer, Kiz Studios4 years ago
Great question.

1.1 mil in sales. 600k refund requests....
5Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Show all comments (10)
Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
Honestly it wouldn't surprise me if almost all (more than 3/4) of the purchasers sought refunds. Luckily for EA, none of them were granted them.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Jason Alexander QA - Senior Tester, Blizzard Entertainment4 years ago
The are also announce a free game if anyone bought SimCity last Monday
1Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Dean Parker4 years ago
Amusingly one of the free games is SimCity 4
2Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games4 years ago
Despite connectivity and intensely bad publicity from every conceivable press outlet! Games like these sell long term. Connectivity issues are only temporary. It will sell a lot more.
1Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Jose Martin Entrepreneur & Financing - Media / Tech / Interactive Entertainment 4 years ago
"Connectivity issues are only temporary. It will sell a lot more".

If only the servers were the only issues - read the Eurogamer review, just for starters, many sites that took time to play extended sessions over days have found a laundry list of glaring bugs and fundementally broken systems underlying the very foundation of the the game - some will no doubt be remedied through patches over the coming months but some core systems are so broken at the moment, It's not exactly clear if everything can be made to work as it was intended... I hope they can pull it off but one has to wonder if, by the time Maxis gets the servers stable...region resource sharing functioning, pathfinding and Ai somewhat fixed and core economic systems patched - how many fans will have lost interest or feel angry enough to never return?

Sadly, robust long term sales of SimCity is hardly assured the way things are looking:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-03-15-simcity-review

http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/SimCity/Item3906.aspx

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/video-game-reviews/9922749/SimCity-Review.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/mar/15/simcity-video-game-review

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Jose Martin on 19th March 2013 2:04am

0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek4 years ago
I'm really enjoying SimCity, at its core its a fantastic game that has been let down by high level misdirection/errors of judgement and post release support. But its clear to me that all the hard work of the team really paid off, I have already sunk 40 hours game time into it and having a blast playing with my friends.
1Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Neil Sorens Creative Director, Zen Studios4 years ago
I would have returned my game if I could. Server problems are just the tip of the iceberg on this stinker. Cities are tiny - 7 blocks by 7 blocks with the game's recommended spacing, which allows for a total of 4 high-density buildings on each square block. AI is terrible. The much-hyped simulation of individual sims is overly simplistic to the point that EA's claims about it amount to deceptive advertising.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Neil Sorens on 19th March 2013 3:33pm

0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.