Amazon Stops Selling Digital Copies Of SimCity

As the disastrous SimCity launch lurches towards the end of the week, it feels like it's been one catastrophe after another.

Earlier this morning, EA started disabling features to get the game to work. And in the latest hit against SimCity, mega-retailer Amazon has stopped selling digital copies of the game.

SimCity is now listed as "Currently Unavailable: We don't know when or if this item will be available again." Yowch. The Amazon description continues:

Important Note on "SimCity"

Many customers are having issues connecting to the "SimCity" servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed. Please visit for more information.

While Amazon's page doesn't explicitly say that it has put the game on hold due to the server issues (it's possible, for example, that EA asked it to halt sales to limit new users, or that it has simply run out of codes), it certainly looks as though that's the case. I've reached out to both Amazon and EA for clarification, and to find out under what circumstances Amazon will begin to sell digital copies of the game again.

[via Giant Bomb]


    I love these always on DRM games.

    It's the game that keeps everyone entertained without having to spend a single penny on it. Diablo 3 and Sim City now. It's like EA got upset that Actiblizz is taking away the "Most Evil" award and are trying their darnest to get it back.

    Lets get everyone to demand Refunds and Keep the complaing till they get them until EA agrees to and actually releases a patch to make it playable offline, without there server shit

      I wish i'd never bought this damn game (but, I really wanted it to be good...)

        Question, did you know it would be always online before you bought it? Did you not forsee this? the launch disaster of D3 should have been a lesson to everyone that any single player game that implements an always online system, with specific server side features, is doomed to have a terrible launch.

          Given that EA stated specifically that they'd fixed the Oceanic server and there would be no issues you can't expect the end user to have other expectations.

          I admit, I did - Found out that it was always online during the 2 weeks before launch - But I thought, well it cant be any worse than Diablo 3, can it...

          Well, it was - You're right, My fault completely, but its the first game I've ever wanted to return for a refund due to the first night experience.

          Since then, I've gotten to play the game - Spent many (countless) hours creating my cities.. Love it...

          Still, wish it didn't require an always on connection as I want to play this whilst travelling...


    Am I the only one who finds it odd that I'm looking at this article and am completely surrounded by ads for Sim City on Kotaku? Hell the main image for the post seems to almost blend into their campaign of being a "full time god".

      lol so true. Article pretty much says "don't buy Sim City (yet)", ads say "Buy Sim City NOW!!!"

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