ELECTRONIC ARTS (EA), otherwise known as the worst company in America, today announced plans to shut down more of its Facebook games.
Teens and mums might not be pleased by the news, as EA has announced plans to shut down The Sims Social, Simcity Social and Pet Society. Those who don't play those games could breath a sigh of relief, however, as it might mean fewer notifications asking you to go and tidy up friends' virtual gardens and feed their virtual pets. We're not sure that's entirely how the games' work.
The three games will be discontinued on Facebook as of 14 June, and EA blamed the shutdowns on the lack of people playing them. On the other hand, if our notifications traffic is anything to go by, there are still quite a few people playing the titles.
An EA spokesperson said, "Today we are informing players of the difficult decision to retire some of our Facebook games: The Sims Social, Simcity Social and Pet Society.
"After millions of people initially logged in to play these games, the number of players and amount of activity has fallen off. For people who have seen other recent shutdowns of social games, perhaps this is not surprising.
"EA will continue to deliver popular titles for Facebook, most notably games from Popcap, including Bejeweled Blitz, Solitaire Blitz and the recently announced Plants vs. Zombies Adventures."
EA has been a somewhat beleaguered firm lately. Not only was it voted the worst company in America for the second year running, earlier this year its popular Simcity game was plagued with server issues that saw users flocking to the web to complain and lead to the company's CEO standing down. µ
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