Amazon Pulls SimCity From Store As Server Issues Persist
The launch of SimCity has been a horrendous failure due to server overload and the game’s always-online components, with things getting so bad that Amazon has pulled the game from its online store.
As server issues persist, both digital and boxed versions of SimCity have been disabled from Amazon’s store page, marked as “currently unavailable.” The page also says that Amazon doesn’t know when the game will be made available again. Meanwhile, the game has received some seriously bad reviews on Amazon and currently holds a user review score of one star out of five.
A warning message with the title “Important Note About SimCity” also appears on the page:
“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 https://help.ea.com/en/simcity/simcity for more information.”
A quick check of other online portals, such as Electronic Arts’ Origin and GameStop’s Impulse, finds the game still available for sale — suggesting pulling it is Amazon’s decision, not EA’s. It’s also worth noting that neither Origin nor Impulse warns customers of EA’s server issues.
We’ve reached out to both EA and Amazon for a comment and more information about the SimCity situation, and we’ll update as information becomes available.