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Sims: 20th anniversary - from The Sims to The Sims 4 - a brief history


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The Sims story – a speedy history!

It’s the 20th anniversary of The Sims today!

That’s right, it’s been 20 years since the game was first released to the world on 4 February 2000.

Now, 20 years later, it has sold around 200 million copies, been translated in 22 different languages, and is one of the best-selling game series of all time!

So, Ooboo Vroose Baa Dooo The Sims! (That’s Happy Birthday in Simlish!)

Lyndsay Pearson, general manager of Maxis, the develop team which makes the game, told Newsround it was “hard to believe” it was marking its 20th year.

“And we still have so many things we want to do,” she added.

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We chat to one of the makers of The Sims

But how did the game start, and why is it so popular?

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