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SimCity Marketing Campaign Paused

Electronic Arts is pulling back on online marketing of SimCity as they work to get a handle on issues caused by overworked servers following the launch of the urban planning sequel, which must be played online. Though Amazon has resumed selling the downloadable version of the game after temporarily suspending sales and our bargain-hunting friends at Dealzon point the way to a $12 off offer still in effect on Gamefly, we've been forwarded the following mail from an EA/Origin online affiliate asking them to cease promoting the game for the time being:

EA Origin has requested to pause all SimCity marketing campaigns temporarily, until further notice. We have deactivated all SimCity text links and creative and we ask you to please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being. To be clear we are continuing to payout commissions on all SimCity sales that are referred, however we are requesting that you please stop actively promoting the game. We will notify you as soon as the SimCity marketing campaigns have been resumed and our promotional links are once again live in the Linkshare interface. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and we thank you for your cooperation.

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35. Re: SimCity Marketing Campaign Paused Mar 8, 2013, 20:39 NewMaxx
 
Creston wrote on Mar 8, 2013, 18:13:
Edit : Like I said, your issue seemed so untypical of Amazon. They are normally plain excellent when it comes to customer service. I really urge you to get in touch with them, NewMaxx.

Creston

Don't get me wrong, I use Amazon all the time and probably still will. It's just that I usually rely on them for game pre-orders, and every time something has gone wrong (like when they didn't give the codes for DX:HR). It's gotten to the point where I don't even bother with boxes anymore because of hassles like these, especially since I could have gotten the same price at GMG with their more or less monthly codes. I understand that it largely has to do with the game publishers - I never said otherwise. I just think it underscores that how the game industry treats retailers now, like different bonuses for each one, is a symptom of a larger problem.

I ended up paying the same since I got a deal elsewhere that had no tax, so the $5 credit is bonus and I didn't press the issue. Even if I had, why should I go through the trouble when there was less than 72 hours left until game launch - it's just cutting it too close to have issues like pre-order cancellations. I'd almost HAVE to expect more problems.

P.S. they did fix my DX:HR problem...after multiple emails and so late that I had already beaten the game, and I took my bloody time, too.
 
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