Sita's Ramblings

or - my explorations in the wonderful worlds of Sims

4 February 2016

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Sales of Sims games

EA: We’re on a “journey to regain trust of the PC gamer”

As of September 2013, the franchise has sold more than 175 million copies worldwide. [ie for ALL the games]

Sims 1


The Sims was first released on February 4, 2000.

By March 22, 2002, The Sims had sold more than 6.3 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PC game in history; 2002

by February 2005, the game has shipped 16 million copies worldwide. source

The Sims Online aka EALand


Released December 2002

When The Sims Online was released on December 17th last year [2002] Electronic Arts (EA) had high hopes. With the offline version [Sims 1] selling 8 million copies around the world, EA set a modest target of 200,000 registrants for the online version by the end of March this year. EA admitted on Wednesday, however, that sales were not as expected, with only 82,000 people registered with only two months to go to meet targets.

In March 2007, EA announced that the product would be re-branded as EA-Land and major enhancements would be made. About a year later, EA announced that the game would shut down all activity on August 1, 2008. source EA stated that it's committed to the project and is in it for the long haul to build up a large community. In a bid to bolster current sales, EA is taking steps by reducing the retail price from US$49 to $39, and moving forward the dates that additional content will be added.

There was a subscription price as well as the cost of the initial boxed game. "Who wants to pay even $40 for a game that requires another $10/month to play?" Comment from Akula


Sims 2

Released in 2004

2.5 million worldwide including EPs and SPs (PC versions)


Sold: At Least 6 Million PC (13 Million Copies Across All Platforms)

Sims 3

13.12 million (PC versions including explansions)


The Sims 3 was a commercial success, selling 1.4 million copies in its first week. Critics issued mostly positive reviews.

The game has sold over ten million copies worldwide since its 2009 release. source

Sims 4

2.7 million worldwide PC versions including 7 expansions.


May 2014 EA Net Revenue Down, Releases No 'Titanfall' Sales Numbers

EA Trades Off The Sims 4 For Titanfall in FY 2014

Electronic Arts’ The Sims 4 aims to prove there’s still a market for pricey, PC-based life simulators

SimCity (2013)

By Jeffrey Matulef Published 24/07/2013

Despite its troubled launch and ultimately poor critical reception, SimCity sold more than 2 million copies since its March release.

This figure was revealed in a Venturebeat interview with EA labels president Frank Gibeau who called the much derided game "a success".

"We've sold more than 2 million units, and the number of people logging in and playing is holding steady," said Gibeau. "SimCity is a success."

Compare to the list of best-selling games

Cities: Skylines STOCKHOLM –

April 14, 2015 – Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order, the city building genre’s new ‘It’ couple, have today revealed that Cities: Skylines, the monumentally successful city simulation game for PC, Mac and Linux has smashed through the 1 million sales barrier since its release on March 10.

SimCity 4


2 Million