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(Revised from original 2002 version)
Electronic Arts Introduces The Sims Online
Electronic Arts (EA), the world's largest independent game publisher, is preparing to launch an online, subscription-based version of the most popular PC game in history: The Sims. The new game is called "The Sims Online" and it differs from the original game in two key respects: the gaming experience and the payment structure. In this context, EA managers must finalize several decisions that they believe are fundamental to the game's success, including target market selection and pricing/payment structure.
Keywords: Fair Value Accounting;
Market Entry and Exit;
Entertainment and Recreation Industry;