EA staff furious at Sim City cock-up -

EA developers are livid because the company cocked up the release of what looked like a promising verson of Sim City by loading it with stupid DRM and then not providing the hardware to run it.

EA, with its ridiculous paranoia over piracy, decided that it would be a wizard wheeze to force everyone to log in online to play the latest version of Sim City. The only problem was that it did not have enough servers to do the job and those it owned could not process that many DRM requests.

Amazon pulled the game because too many people were complaining about how they could not get it to go.

It seems that EA developers are also furious about the cock up. An anonymous staff member posting under the name "DisappointedEA" made a Reddit thread containing an open letter expressing his disappointment in the company's handling of SimCity.

According to Forbes, the poster proved his identity by saying that all employees received an email from EA Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer, Gabrielle Toledano, about International Womens Day.

It seems he deleted the entire text of the post after it received so much attention.

The letter slams EA's decision to release SimCity with always on DRM. Apparently EA had to strip features out of the game in order to help the DRM to run better.

Reviewers have commented that the current buggy, feature-deleted product is not the same game which was sent out to them either.

The employee said that EA should actually patch the game to allow offline play. He accuses the company of being anti-consumer, shirking accountability and lacking integrity, all things that go against EA's official list of company values.

The post said that the company forgot about its motto of Think Consumers First.

"You can't even pretend that you didn't know consumers would be angry about this. Common sense aside, consumers complained about this during your public betas," he wrote.

In fact when someone complained online he was banned. The staff member said that the same thing is happening now as people write in to demand refunds.

As such it is also ignoring EA's other motto of "be accountable".

What the management has demonstrated with this launch is that it does not believe in the company's core values.

They are for the unwashed masses, not for the important people who forced this anti-consumer DRM onto the Sim City team, the staffer wrote.

He said that the DRM scheme is not about the consumers or even about piracy, it was about "covering management asses (sic)".

It is possible that the letter is a hoax. But what is scary about it for EA's PR is that it is such a plausible hoax it might as well be true.