Whatever anyone thinks of SimCity, the proof is in the early numbers, and those early sales numbers from the first two weeks of the game's release show that the game is doing pretty well despite a rough online launch week. EA said that during those first two weeks of release SimCity sold more than 1.1. million copies. The company said that the majority of those copies were sold through digital channels. This does not surprise me at all considering that everyone I asked today said they had made a digital purchase.
On a related note, EA announced the free games they would be giving away as part of an apology for last week's disastrous SimCity launch. Those who are eligible to receive a free gift can pick up one game for the following pool of EA games: Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition), Bejeweled 3, Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition), Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition) Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition), Need For Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition), Plants vs. Zombies and SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition.
EA said in a statement on help.ea.com that "In order to be eligible for the free game offer, you simply need to activate your game before March 25, 2013 at 11:59PM PST. Once activated you will see the Featured Today pop-up window with a link to the free game redemption portal on startup, and once a day when you finish playing SimCity."
The free game portal will be rolling out in waves, beginning this week: in North America on March 20, Europe on March 21, and in Asia and South America on March 22.