Amazon Shuts Down SimCity Digital Download Ordering

Oh boy, this is like Spore all over again. What was once a product signifying innovation and intelligence in game design, snagging multiple awards at E3 (including many from us), is now a sign of DRM gone wrong. Since SimCity launched on Tuesday, the collective gaming world as been abuzz over server issues with the game prohibiting users from playing the game, as it requires a constant internet connection. It hit us hard as well, as stated in our review, with plenty of disconnections and the inability to play the game most of yesterday. Fans have quickly begun demanding refunds, something that Origin has reportededly been refusing despite their assurance in a press release that they would.

The game was quickly review-bombed at Amazon, with it currently sitting at 1 star from 848 reviews. Many have reported receiving refunds from Amazon, so perhaps that or the reviews in general have led to the online retail giant shutting down the ability to purchase the digital version of the game.

The page simply states that the game is “Currently Unavailable” and that “We don’t know when or if this item will be available again” — the standard message for when a product is removed. Additionally, a notice on the page reads “Many customers are having issues connecting to the “SimCity” servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed. Please visit https://help.ea.com/en/simcity/simcity for more information.”

Check out a screenshot of the page below:

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