News was broke earlier in the week that The Sims Carnival website was opening a closed beta, but now EA sent out an official press release. Why are they always late on these, I will never know…

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 21, 2008–Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced an invitation to participate in a special closed beta at The Sims Carnival(TM), a new online community and gaming experience from The Sims(TM) studio. An innovative online destination, empowers members to play, create and share casual games within an online community. This announcement comes out of today’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in a speech presented by the Head of The Sims Studio, Rod Humble.

With the launch of, hundreds of games will be available to play and as members create and contribute games this number will grow. The online community is made to be collaborative, so that designing games becomes a fun and shared creative process. To design games, provides game creation tools for a range of user skill sets so that millions of players can become game designers with no prior programming abilities necessary. will be available to the public online in spring 2008.

“We’re very excited to launch, a new and accessible gaming experience that gives players all the tools they need to play, create and share games online with friends,” said Rod Humble, Head of The Sims Studio. “Whether you’re a new player who wants to simply customize a game with a family photo, a gamer who always wanted to make the best platformer or a seasoned expert ready to create the next big game, makes game creation and publication easier than ever before.”

To potentially be selected for participation in a closed beta for, create a new account at

Source: UOEM