( dpa ) - Video game giant Electronic Arts has sold 100 million copies of their The Sims video game franchise, the company said Wednesday.
The massive sales target was reached eight years after the launch of the first Sims game, and amounted to more than 4 billion dollars in worldwide sales, EA said.
Created by legendary game designer Will Wright, the game allows players to build characters and situations that simulate real life. It has become available in 22 languages and 60 countries around the world.
"Over the years, we've seen an idea blossom into a global community of players, creators, and people who love to share with others," said Sims studio head Rod Humble.
"As part of that worldwide community, you've told your stories - more than a 100 million uniquely creative and inspiring tales that will continually take The Sims into the future," he said.
The Sims 3 was announced in November 2006 and is expected to be released sometime in the fiscal year 2009. In 2007, 22nd Century Fox announced it had bought the film rights for the Sims and a film is to be expected in 2009.