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Published on Mar 11, 2013

SimCity Disasters: no it's not the name of the latest SimCity expansion pack. It's how you would describe the launch of SimCity 5. Fans are eager to play the $60 simulation game, but due to server overloads many fans have been waiting hours in frustration.

The servers are overloaded because SimCity 5 requires an 'always-on' internet connection. The company says this is because back-end computations take place in the cloud. But fans suspect the always-on connection is because EA Maxis wants to maintain strict DRM controls and verify no bootleg copies are played.

EA Maxis hasn't handled the crisis well. Amazon has suspended sales of SimCity 5 and players continue to report trouble accessing servers. Didn't EA Maxis learn anything from the botched launch of Diablo 3?

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