All Hail The Sims Social

September 12, 2011 -

Electronic Arts has been gunning for Zynga the day it acquired social games maker Playfish, and today Zynga is getting a wake-up call. For the very first time, EA has created a game that is capable of taking the top spot from Zynga's Farmville.. maybe. The Sims Social now has around 36 million monthly active users, according to AppData. The game has achieved these numbers a month after its launch.

The Sims Social has held the top spot as the fastest growing application on Facebook for more than a week as well, with the game picking up an impressive 1.7 million new users on Sunday. Last week the game raked in 8.3 million new users as well. Zynga’s Farmville now has 35.7 million monthly active users.

Perhaps EA has finally found the secret formula for competing against games such as Farmville, Cityville and other Zynga games: branding. With so many familiar IP's at its disposal, EA actually might have a fighting chance against a game as big as Farmville. Of course using only the most recognizable IP's is that secret ingredient to this formula..

(Slight correction: We mistakenly wrote EA acquired Playdom in an earlier version of the story. We've corrected the story.)

Source: VentureBeat


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Re: All Hail The Sims Social

No conclusion, just an observation:

Six characters in the pic.  Three guys, three gals.

One girl is wearing a crop top, one a bra and unzipped leather jacket, and one a shirt with an extreme plunging neckline.

One guy is wearing a t-shirt, one a buttoned, collared shirt, and one a collared shirt with the top two buttons open.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: All Hail The Sims Social

take a quick look at the actual game, and you'l see why that matters a little less than 1%. People are playing this game because the social aspects, the design aspects, and the advancement paths are actually fun (if you're into that kind of thing)

I played it for a couple weeks, but got bored. Your expected to almost constantly spam your friends list with shit, which i don't like to do.

Re: All Hail The Sims Social

I have no interest in the game so I won't be taking a look at it.  I'm not judging or making a statement, just an observation that I found amusing.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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NeenekoThey have and exercise control over which games are allowed on their privately controlled 'open forum'. Their endorsement is fairly minimal since it is only 'we do not reject this', but it is still an endorsement of sorts.12/17/2014 - 3:58pm
NeenekoHistorically there have been issues with libraries allowing some groups but not others. Perhaps 'endorsement' is too strong a word, but their editorial control IS a preapproval process, even if the standards are pretty minimal.12/17/2014 - 3:56pm
E. Zachary KnightLet's put this a different way. My local library allows any group to reserve and use multipurpose rooms. That does not mean that the Library endorses all events that take place in those rooms.12/17/2014 - 12:54pm
E. Zachary KnightValve's editorial control comes from removing problem games and accepting games to Steam. They make no claim over any games otherwise.12/17/2014 - 12:52pm
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, It is not at all a form of endorsement. Grenlight is an open forum for game developers to pitch their game to Valve/Steam and Steam users. Does Valve have some editorial control? Yes, but not to the point that they preapprove games.12/17/2014 - 12:51pm
Neeneko@EZK - I disagree. Greenlight is built off Valve's brand. While not an explicit endorsement, it is a form of it, otherwise Greenlight would have no value over other platforms.12/17/2014 - 12:05pm
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E. Zachary KnightA Game being on Greenlight is not an endorsement of said game by Valve, Steam or anyone related to Valve or Steam. Greenlight is a combined sales pitch to Steam and its users.12/17/2014 - 9:51am
E. Zachary KnightThe Life cycle of a Greenlight game: A game gets made->Developer puts it on Greenlight->Gamers vote for it->Valve decides it is worthy of a Steam release->Game is sold on Steam. While the game is merely on greenlight, it is not available for sale on Steam12/17/2014 - 9:50am
InfophileGreenlight games may in the future be sold through Steam. A game there may be "greenlit" and then sold on Steam proper, or it may not, and never actually be sold on steam. That quote refers to them selecting some games from Greenlight which they will sell12/17/2014 - 9:39am
MechaTama31"Today we’ve Greenlit another batch of 50 titles to advance through Steam Greenlight, and be offered worldwide distribution via Steam." Am I missing something here? Because it sounds like Greenlight games are sold through Steam.12/17/2014 - 9:00am
MechaTama31From the Greenlight page: "Browse through the entries here and rate up the games you want to see made available via Steam"12/17/2014 - 8:59am
MechaTama31Greenlight games aren't sold through Steam? Then what exactly *is* Greenlight?12/17/2014 - 8:58am
prh99I just wish if they are going to curate (as selective and rare as that is) for content, they'd do little for quality (like does this game actually function at all). Personally, I avoid GreenLight and Early Access like the plague because of lax standards.12/17/2014 - 1:34am
prh99EZK: My point wasn't that they are responsible for people's purchase decisions, but that their policies and criteria for approval needs some work. As far as refunds go, you know it's bad when EA has a better policy. EA, former worst company in America.12/17/2014 - 1:21am
Andrew EisenAnd 'Hatred' is back on Steam Greenlight. No comment from Valve so far as I've seen.12/17/2014 - 12:14am
Consterjames: I know what the question says.12/16/2014 - 10:26pm
E. Zachary Knightprh, considering Greenlight games are not sold through Steam, unless accepted by valve, there is no reason to blame Valve for you or someone else buying a game listed in it.12/16/2014 - 9:44pm
 

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