EA to shutter The Sims Social and other Facebook games

Monday, 15th April 2013 13:18 GMT By Dave Cook

The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society are all facing the chop, developer and publisher EA has confirmed. The company intends to close down all three games due to slumping player activity.

Update: Joystiq has asked EA if the game closures mean that developer PlayFish is being shuttered by the publisher, and was told by a rep that the company, “won’t be commenting on the status of Playfish.” We’ll have more as it comes.

Original Story: Eurogamer reports that in a statement, EA said it will retire its “older” Facebook games on June 14, despite The Sims Social launching a year ago. All three were developed by EA-owned studio PlayFish.

The full statement reads, “We had to make the difficult decision to close down The Sims Social so we can reallocate development resources to other titles that we hope you’ll have just as much fun playing. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we thank you for everything you’ve added to the community.”

Will you be sorry to see any of the games go? Do you think the bubble for free social games is starting to swell towards bursting point? Let us know below.



  1. Hirmetrium

    Funny, wasn’t Peter Moore decrying the closure of game servers the other week? Or have they given up that noble idea now they lost the consumer awards AGAIN?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Andrew C.

    Make the right thing in life EA and close the whole company. Give Battlefield to some other publishing company which does not include this prick, Cliff Bleszinski, and everything should be fine!


    #2 2 years ago
  3. chocy82

    @2 That prick Cliff Bleszinksi just raised $15,000 for kids cancer.

    What have you done recently…?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    @4: He did? What a cunt!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stardog

    @4 Jimmy Saville raised £40 million.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Samoan Spider

    @6 Touché!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    @7: Interesting choice of words…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Samoan Spider

    @8 Yup, I picked it specially. Seemed to fit the comment! :P

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Andrew C.

    @4 I do have the right to express my opinion, criticism or anything else. If you’re not fine with it, go play somewhere else. I don’t like the guy and it has nothing to do with kids cancer.

    Get it? Got it? Good.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. MidlifeAxe

    Someone’s sensitive.

    #10 2 years ago

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