EA’s The Sims Social has stolen millions of players from Zynga

Electronic Arts came out of nowhere when it launched The Sims Social on Facebook. The social game that simulates human life took off like wildfire, surpassing FarmVille and closing in on Zynga’s most popular game, CityVille. Now Raptr, the social network for gamers, has revealed some interesting data about just who is playing The Sims Social. As suspected, many of the players came from Zynga.

EA Playfish exec touts next-generation Facebook games

Sebastien DeHalleux was the No. 2 executive at Playfish when Electronic Arts acquired the social game company for as much as $400 million in November. At that time, EA was slashing its staff in traditional console games, and its big bet was that social games such as the ones that Playfish made were the future.