The Sims 4 To Appear at Gamescom 2015 (August 5th-9th)

As we reported on June 1st, 2015, The Sims 4 will be present at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The event begins August 5th with EA’s Press Conference, and runs through August 9th, 2015. As usual, we’ll host the EA Press Conference live on SimsVIP, and cover the events throughout the week. Stay tuned!


(Side Note: SimGuruDaniel re-confirmed yesterday via Twitter)


EA’s E3 2015 Press Conference Replay


Press Release: EA Announces E3 2015 Lineup


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo begins next week in Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) kicks off the week by hosting its 9th annual E3 press conference on Monday, June 15at 1:00pm PDT. EA joins the week-long gaming celebration by showcasing some of the world’s biggest, most entertaining blockbusters and by revealing innovative original gaming properties. At the press conference hosted by CEO Andrew Wilson, EA will demonstrate a dozen HD titles, all powered by world-class technology, including the world debuts of gameplay from Star Wars™ Battlefront™, Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst, Need for Speed™ and more.
For the first time, EA will welcome hundreds of local High School and University students in the live press conference audience exposing them to the most excitin week for the videogame industry. Following the press conference, EA is hosting an exclusive panel disscussion for these students featuring EA leaders and moderated by Tracy Fullerton, Director of USC’s Games Program, to discuss career opportunities in the videogame industry.

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Next Week: EA’s Live Presentation at E3 (June 15th, 2015)

EA’s E3 2015 Press Conference is scheduled for Monday, June 15th at 1pm Pacific! As usual, we will host the live event right here on SimsVIP, and have a replay available for those who miss it. As a reminder for those who are not yet aware, please note The Sims 4 WILL NOT appear at this year’s E3 event.



The Sims: Attend a Playtest at EA Canada (Burnaby)

Want to attend a Playtest for The Sims? If you live in Burnaby Canada you may be selected to attend a playtest at EA Canada. To apply, fill out this survey for a chance to be selected. The playtest takes place on June 11th.

Via The Sims: Sims fans, the EA Playtesting team wants YOU to attend a playtest at EA Canada in Burnaby on Thursday, June 11th! If you’re selected to participate, you’ll come into the studio and give feedback, and you’ll leave with a free EA-developed game as thanks for your time! Please fill out the survey: We’ll be contacting selected participants by email early next week!



Electronic Arts: The Playbook (Infographic)

EA released a new infographic today letting us know what players have been doing with their games, The Sims was of course one of them and in the graphic below it states that Sims fans from around the world have created over 26 million Sims in this year so far! Check out the EA blog for more stats on other games.

From January to March, our fans have engaged with our games in several incredible ways. With over 2 billion minutes played in Battlefield Hardline, 1.5 billion minutes played in Madden Ultimate Team and more than 1.3 billion zombies vanquished in Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, we’re so humbled by how much you love our titles. Have a closer look at all the latest stats from our games last quarter:

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32 Million & Counting: The Sims 4 Infographic


We love to see how much fun you’ve been having with The Sims 4 since launch. If you added up all the time your Sims have spent in the game, it would be over 12,000 years. We could literally take all of the Sims you’ve created and wrap them all the way around the earth. Yes, really.
So how does your Sims compare to all the others around the world? Have a look at the infographic below.

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EA Consolidates Maxis, Closes Emeryville Studio

As Electronic Arts seeks to consolidate Maxis IP, they have announced the closure of the original Maxis studio in Emeryville California. As reported by Game Informer, the following statement from EA confirms the announcement made today by Guillaume Pierre, a Gameplay Scripter for SimCity.
Please note that the Maxis/Sims Studio in Redwood Shores California, which develops content for The Sims 4, is not affected by the closure of Maxis Emeryville.

Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to our studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne locations as we close our Emeryville location. Maxis continues to support and develop new experiences for current Sims and SimCity players, while expanding our franchises to new platforms and developing new cross-platform IP.
These changes do not impact our plans for The Sims.  Players will continue to see rich new experiences in The Sims 4, with our first expansion pack coming soon along with a full slate of additional updates and content in the pipeline.
All employees impacted by the changes today will be given opportunities to explore other positions within the Maxis studios and throughout EA.  For those that are leaving the company, we are working to ensure the best possible transition with separation packages and career assistance. 


To all who are affected by the closure Maxis Emeryville, we wish you the best going forward. Thank you for so many years of great games and fun!

The Quarter in Review: EA Infographic (Oct-Dec 2014)

Electronic Arts has released a “Quarter in Review” infographic that shows off all the latest numbers in the EA gaming world. Included is The Sims 4, which shows that over 10 Million families have been created.



Origin: “Ultimate Action Bundle” On Sale For $39.99

EA has just announced a sale for the Ultimate Action Pack on Origin. This gaming bundle includes 4 games for the price of one, totaling $39.99. This is not necessarily a sale that benefits The Sims series, but I know there are plenty of gamer’s out there who would love to save on other games. Game On!

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