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Electronic Arts has announced that massively multiplayer online community EA-Land is to be closed. The subscription based game was first launched in 2002 as The Sims Online, before being rebranded and updated in February of this year.

David Jenkins, Blogger

April 30, 2008

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Officials from Electronic Arts have announced that massively multiplayer online community EA-Land is to close on August 1st, 2008. The game, which began life as The Sims Online before being rebranded and updated in February, was first launched in 2002. A blog entry on the EA-Land website from Electronic Arts’ Luc Barthelet commented that “decisions such as these are never easy and the rationale for closing EA-Land is particularly complex”. “We would like to thank the community for trusting us over the last 10 months and enabling this opportunity. A special thank you to the few thousand who have been with the game since the original beta!" said Barthelet. “The virtual worlds are still in their infancy, I sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to be creative together again,” he concluded. Subscription billing for users will be closed immediately, giving sixty days of free play on the service until its close. Paying subscribers as of April 29th, 2008 will be offered either $15 off any game on the EA online store or three months of free subscription time for Club Pogo.

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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