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EA to shutter The Sims Social and other Facebook games

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.

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Dave worked on VG247 for an extended period manging much of the site's news output. As well as his experience in games media, he writes for comics, and now specializes in books about gaming history.