The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announces the celebration of the ten year anniversary of The Sims, the groundbreaking game that allowed players to create and live a virtual, simulated life on a computer. Since the original The Sims debut on February 4, 2000, the unstoppable, award-winning franchise has produced three core games – The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 – supported by dozens of expansion and stuff packs with lifetime unit sales eclipsing 125 million worldwide. As the best-selling PC game in nearly every major video game market worldwide, The Sims has continuously reset the bar over the past decade delivering new content, gameplay elements, platform support, and partnerships that resonate with its global fan base in meaningful ways and take the play experience to new levels of fun and entertainment.
"The success of The Sims is something gamers and the gaming business as a whole can be proud of. With its charming and quirky style, lovely emergent game mechanics and user created creativity that delights every day, The Sims is a game that can be enjoyed by everybody and reflects what you put into it," explained Rod Humble, Head of the EA Play label. "The future of The Sims is going to be a lot of fun; it is rare for an entertainment franchise to be gaining momentum a decade after release, so this is a particularly pleasant moment for everyone who has worked on the games."
"No other game in the history of electronic entertainment has ever had the broad, nearly universal appeal of The Sims franchise," said Logan Decker, Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer magazine. "Everybody plays it: hardcore gamers, young women, celebrities, conservatives, professors, soldiers, grandmothers, even people who say they don't like computer games. And the game-or, rather, the experience-has thrived throughout ten years of sequels and countless expansion packs because EA has kept the environment fresh and infinitely customizable while never getting in the way of the game's primary focus-the player's imagination and the natural inclination of all human beings to create meaningful stories."