Maxis Software is an American company that was founded as a video game developer in 1987 and bought out by Electronic Arts (EA), then finally shutdown by EA in March 2013 (giving no reasons why). Maxis' second software title was the seminal SimCity, a city simulation and planning game. Maxis is also the creator of the best-selling computer game of all time, The Sims and its sequel The Sims 2. These three titles and Spore, are the brand's most popular and successful lines.

The lead dev behind Maxis, tells the of the experience of 'working' with EA.
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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

EA forced them to make DarkSpore.. thats a real shame.

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They closed it down due to SimCity, 'always online' functionality was forced into it due to internal policy,
" EA's greenlight gating process – and the marketing resources engaged to promote it – mean that it's very difficult for the studio to make structural changes to the game once the features have already been announced", Meaning to fight release dates, or feature changes is extremely difficult, as is any demands EA makes of the developer. Its always like this, things seem fine in the first year or so, and then EA does what it does.

For Mythic Entertainment, it was forced to make Dungeon Keeper mobile and stand by the EA decisions for it. Before that it was Danger Close Ganes AKA Dreamworks Interactive LLC, where EA to satisfy its lust for CoD the dev got saddled with 2 Medal of Honour remakes and as usual it was strained to force them out the door.

Then back in history we have Bullfrog, Pandemic, Phenomic, Black Box Games, Playfish, NuFX, Westwood & Origin. All bought and subsequently shutdown when they followed EA's strict rules. With many failed attempts at EA to buyout various other companies, lets hope companies resist to the very end.
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Bioware has managed to work under EA, and Visceral also at the moment. But I would encourage Visceral to get out as soon as possible. Dead Space 3 was almost ruined by the DLC and microtransaction that split the game into pieces, and Battlefield: Hardline is not being received to well at the moment.

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Maxis for Sims :D!!
Sim city and Sims :p

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And Spore...

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And DarkSpore :D

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Dec 30 2015

@TheAngelAbreu We are glad to hear you're enjoying the game! We would love to see pictures of your city.

Dec 8 2015

@iSiDianaV We are glad to hear you're enjoying the game! Do you have any pictures of your city to share?

Oct 27 2015

@ESYWHYTE Glad to hear that! Let's us know if you need help with anything else.

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@ESYWHYTE We're very sorry to hear that. Please contact @SimCityBuildIt support in-game (Settings-Help-Contact Us... T.co

Oct 19 2015

@KarmaSTL Glad to hear you're enjoying the game! Do you have any pictures of your city to share?

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@TerryWillard Servers look good from here. Are you receiving any error messages?

Oct 1 2015

@BluebellFlora1 So sorry for the delay. Were you able to get this working?

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@chrisholmes13 Sorry that we didn't get to you earlier. Please reach out to an Advisor for some troubleshooting: T.co

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@TDHFIFA We're very sorry to hear that. Please contact our support at T.co so that they can investigate the issue.

Aug 28 2015

@RoxySowlaty You can only use cheats in Sandbox mode. You can find them here: T.co

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