Continuing the troublesome launch of this weeks recent SimCity title publisher EA has reportedly asked certain affiliates to "please stop actively promoting the game" in the wake of the on-going server issues affecting many users (thanks Polygon
The report comes as an email was obtained by Polygon which was sent to all affiliates of EA Origin's LinkShare program, detailing that EA has "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," the email reads. "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."
Earlier this week SimCity launched to a rather rough start, with a large amount of players being placed in queues or unable to connect to the servers, a new method that comes from the consistent online-only DRM that EA and Maxis have chosen. Yesterday EA
took drastic steps to help combat the overwhelming numbers by deactivating certain online features such as leaderboards and "Cheetah" mode in order to help facilitate server loads and promised to continue rolling out fixes to address the server instability.
To add injury to insult a recent EA forum post
by senior producer Kip Katsarelis (thanks Destructoid
) has stated that - in what could only be an incredible amount of PR spin - apparently the server issues are a direct cause from "players [...] having such a good time they didn't want to leave the game, which kept our servers packed and made it difficult for new players to join." Katsarelis also ensures that the recent online features that were cut out will make their way back into the game "soon, but our number one priority is to bring stability to our servers."