Sorry SimCity Isn’t Working, So Here’s a Free Game

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In a move that genuinely took me by surprise, EA has announced that they’re offering people foolish enough who bought SimCity a free game from their EA catalog. They’ve even admitted to the game’s shortcomings despite earlier in the same day saying the game’s problem was that it was too much fun.

Lucy Bradshaw, general manager from Maxis, posted how they didn’t expect as many people to log on that did. Admittedly, when has a game launch involving servers ever gone right? But it’s not just EA’s move to give a free game that’s surprising but Bradshaw’s frankness to admitting there’s a problem instead of spinning the news (again).

OK, we agree, that was dumb, but we are committed to fixing it.  In the last 48 hours we increased server capacity by 120 percent.  It’s working – the number of people who have gotten in and built cities has improved dramatically.  The number of disrupted experiences has dropped by roughly 80 percent.

So if you bought SimCity before March 18, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to redeem your free EA game. Here’s a thought: Dead Space 3 doesn’t require an always on internet connection!

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