Despite Launch Issues, SimCity Sells 1.1 Million Copies

It's a testimony to the popularity of the series that, despite the slew of server issues at launch, SimCity still managed to sell 1.1 million copies within its first two weeks. Apparently, this is the biggest launch yet for the city building series.

SimCity's sales numbers also reveal the ever-rising, soon-to-be-dominant power of digital in the industry. 54% of players opted to download the game instead of purchasing the game at retail. 44% of total SimCity sales went through EA's digital distribution platform Origin.

News of SimCity's disastrous launch were well-documented, not to mention predictable, especially when Maxis announced that there would be no pre-loading of the game. It leads one to wonder though… how well could have SimCity sold had server issues not been the hot topic of games media for the past two weeks?


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  • They dont say how many were refund after the 2nd week
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  • A group of hackers will eventually figure out how to emulate an EA server to make an offline mode. Like Diablo 3 and how office 2010/2013, win7/8 is activated
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  • While it did sell a few copies, it isn't a stellar seller.
    I did however enjoy the free game giveaway they were doing and scored a free Dead Space 3.
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  • joytech22While it did sell a few copies, it isn't a stellar seller.I did however enjoy the free game giveaway they were doing and scored a free Dead Space 3.


    It's definitely no Diablo III, but I think the amount of copies it sold is still pretty impressive considering the really negative backlash it got from the server issues.

    - Catherine Cai
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  • A group of hackers will eventually figure out how to emulate an EA server to make an offline mode. Like Diablo 3 and how office 2010/2013, win7/8 is activated
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