SimCity users eager to escape from the game's always-online restrictions have found their discussions and guides removed from EA's own website.
Erik Reynolds, the senior director of worldwide communications at EA Maxis, said such discussion about hacking SimCity is in violation of terms of service. He did not specify further.
Media, Conspiracy theorists and overall @simcity fans - Being 1000% transparent. In next tweet so pay attention, okay?— Erik Reynolds (@buzzspinner) March 14, 2013
Due to our ToS we need to delete the thread about the hack/mod from our forums. Please move it to other places and continue the dialogue— Erik Reynolds (@buzzspinner) March 14, 2013
In the past we've supported the modding community and in the future we are committed to supporting. Hacks are not mods.— Erik Reynolds (@buzzspinner) March 14, 2013
Reynolds went on to take questions and stated that the terms of service policy "is set by legal, but enforced by Maxis".
The update comes as the SimCity server outrage enters its eleventh day.
Maxis general Manager Lucy Bradshaw confessed to CVG in an email interview that she "felt like I have let the team down".
Meanwhile, Guillaume Pierre, gameplay scripter and designer on SimCity, has outlined plans for a new SimCity patch that is thought will remedy the game's problematic traffic management.