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With many gamers around the world stuck at home due to the global pandemic, publisher Electronic Arts is hosting live streams, tournaments, and other events throughout the month of April, including Madden NFL 20, FIFA 20, and The Sims 4, with their Stay Home, Play Together program.
“Our community is already showing what an amazing force we can be when we come together,” states the press release. “So our message is simple: Stay Home. Play Together. At a time where we need to stay physically apart, games can be a source of joy and connection. For many in our community, they already are – and we’re going to be highlighting that through the content we are creating and sharing.”
The next major event is a charity tournament for FIFA 20. The Stay and Play Cup will feature 20 clubs, including professional players, going head-to-head from April 15 – 19.
“We want to bring the global football community together with the FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup, so millions of fans can experience the thrill of their favorite clubs and professional footballers playing — even when we have to be apart,” said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. “As part of Stay Home, Play Together, we’re working to help people around the world find more ways to connect through play. Combined with relief contributions we are making, we hope to make a positive impact in people’s lives during this challenging time.”
Fans and viewers will be able to donate relief efforts to charitable organizations supporting COVID-19 relief. In addition, EA is donating $1 million to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Other EA events include new online tournaments for Apex Legends, and more The Sims 4 live streams with familiar content creators. You can see the full event schedule for details.
The Sims may not enjoy the incredible popularity it once held, but it’s still comfortably in the top ten best-selling video game series of all time. This year EA is celebrating The Sims’ 20th anniversary with an update that adds a free in-game item for The Sims 4.
The special item is the Birthday Hot Tub, and it’s free to anyone who logs into The Sims 4 on any platform. It’s located under Outdoor Activities, and allows Sims to chat, skinny dip, and even engage in some romance, er, WooHoo.
Here’s what EA has to say about the storied franchise:
From the beginning, The Sims has been about playing with life, creating and designing a world in which anything can happen. Even back then, The Sims put a lot of emphasis on inclusion and the freedom to play as you like with the capability to romance any Sim, pick any career path, or spend all of your time in Build/Buy mode. It’s changed a lot in the past twenty years, though, as our understanding of those ideas has evolved. More than just reflecting life as it is, The Sims opens up new possibilities and does away with limits. It gives you a space to push boundaries, explore new ideas, and challenge the status quo.
We have so much more in store for you in this new decade, and we can’t wait to share the journey with you. Thank you for all of your creativity, your passion, and your hilarity. You are the best players in the world.
The birthday celebration also includes a fun infographic featuring various Sims stats, like 75+ expansion packs, over 1.6 billion Sims, and 825 million downloads from the Gallery.
If you really want to show off your Sims love, there’s a new 20th Anniversary Birthday Collection for Sims-branded clothing on Threadless.
The Sims 4 originally released in 2014 on Windows PC (Origin), 2015 on Mac, and in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.
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In honor of The Sims 4 Discover University, EA has partnered with Ironhack to provide a chance to win a scholarship at one of Ironhack’s tech campuses.
With The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack, Sims can go to school to learn the in-demand skills needed for their future careers. And with The Sims and Ironhack scholarship, it’s your chance to do the same. We’re offering players the opportunity to extend their in-game experience to the real world. This scholarship encourages applicants to learn and discover some of the exciting careers within the video game and technology industries.
The scholarship application is open to anyone over 18, until Dec. 17. To apply for the scholarship you’ll need to take a technical test related to your course of choice: Web Development, UX/UI Design, or Data Analytics. The test is available until Jan. 5, 2020.
If the technical test was successful, you’ll be selected for a 10-15 minute personal interview. The interview can be conducted via video call or at a local Ironhack campus. Personal Interviews are available until Jan. 24, 2020. Winners will be notified the following week.
Both partial and full scholarships are available, and Ironhack offers 24-week part-time and nine-week full-time programs for each course.
Nine Ironhack campuses are available around the world, with the only US campus in Miami, FL. Ironhack does not offer remote or online courses, and does not offer visa support for international students.