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EA To Shut Down Many Online Servers For Sports Titles

With time, everything becomes obsolete. In the world of electronics, it seems to happen a lot faster than in any other industry.

According to GossipGamers, EA has revealed they'll be shutting down many of their online servers for existing sports games. This will happen on February 2 and encompass the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms. But one item on the list has ruffled a few feathers, especially those who are concerned that EA will make a habit of yanking servers about a year and a half after a particular title releases: Madden NFL 09 will be going offline on February 2, along with a bunch of older games. Now, obviously, EA wants to give people incentive to pick up Madden NFL 10 if they haven't already, and shutting down the servers on the older edition should offer some incentive. Some may consider this to be a little manipulative, though, seeing as how many titles stay online for more than a few years. Other games on the list, like the 2007 installments, make perfect sense. But even NCAA Football 09 is there, which means that after about a year with any given entry, you'll have to start watching the calendar to see when the online servers will disappear. Well, Madden fans probably buy the newest game every year in August, anyway, right?

The only question concerns other EA productions, and other games from other publishers that have popular online multiplayer. Some people get pretty attached to certain yearly releases...

1/3/2010 9:34:07 PM John Shepard

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Comments (39 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:14:50 PM
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OUCH, force people to buy the newest one eh? Glad I don't buy sports games.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:20:27 PM

Same here World. I used to buy them when I had multiple roomates, it made for some really great times. I'm not sure why (maybe getting older) but I just don't have interest in them anymore to the point of buying them every year. The last sports game I bought was Madden 2006.

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Highlander
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:19:53 AM

Kind of a bummer for the used game market huh?

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:47:15 AM

People buy used sports games? I'll never forget when I brought in my Madden2002 in the summer of 2003 and Gamestop offered me $2. I still have that game, I don't care if I ever play it again but I'm not giving it to them for $2 so they can sell it for 20.

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Qubex
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 6:23:48 AM

It begs the question we all ask... A game should stand out on its own without the multi-player component... Single Player campaigns should be good enough so you want to play through that title again a few years down the road...

Q!

"i am home"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:36:16 PM

but single player sports are boring enough as it is :)

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jaybiv
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:18:06 PM
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Wow! I figured they had already started dropping some of the older games.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:22:07 PM
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I'm wondering what the data is in regards to populated servers for these old games. If they aren't very populated than I don't see anything wrong with this. If they are quite full then this is just another reason to hate EA.

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NonProphet
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:42:34 PM
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That sucks. What if you happen to like a particular installment or can't afford to buy the newest version...oh wait, I know, you're screwed. It does seem realistic to turn off servers for titles that are several years old but after a year and a half? That's a bummer for the fans because I'm sure at least some can't afford to upgrade every year.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:01:40 PM

I'm wondering if the cost to maintain the servers isn't worth it due to lack of people on playing the games. 1.5 years in a sports franchise is like 5 years in a normal franchise.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:08:52 PM
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lol nice dallas and eagles pic =P dallas pwned today, woo

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:29:17 PM

I hate Dallas but I'm glad they won tonight. It helped out Favre and the Vikings. Next week the Eagles can beat on the Cowboys. :)

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 3:06:31 PM

@LegendaryWolfeh,
Yeah, WTF was with them last night????
I hate to say it but my Eagles had their asses handed to them yesterday, & my #$&&^$$ Flyer's have been doing even worse(and I won't even mention the 6'ers).

I'm sure hoping "Da Birds" bounce right back this Saturday & trounce those C-Boys like they've gone in a few past games.

At least my Phillies finally brought the World's Series Championship Trophy back once again to our tri-state area.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 2:43:46 PM

Ummm... Nope, the Yanks brought the World Series tropy back to the tristate area: NY-NJ-CT is commonly called the tristate area.

PA is not in that tristate equation.

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OtisFeelgood
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:28:33 PM
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This is one of the reasons why I don't buy EA Sports games.

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Hezzron
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:35:37 PM
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EA is notorious for doing this.

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Douchebaguette
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:38:40 PM
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Can't they just release one game every few years with update patches catching up to real time events?

A reason to hate & love online I guess.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:05:37 AM

They could but a full price tag on a new game nets them more cash.

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Highlander
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:19:19 AM

How about release a game once and charge a subscription for continued support and maintenance and online gamine support? Oh, wait, that's a subscription model that so many people here think is on the verge of evil itself....

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Cholo Gamer
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:51:17 PM
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Is EA serious I bought FIFA 10 if they shut down the servers by next year Iam not going to buy any of their games.

What is EA thinking about?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:05:57 AM

That girl has a nice pooper :)

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Cholo Gamer
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:11:18 AM

I know she does and some nice ( . )Y( . ) lol

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:18:05 AM

Is it your sister?

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Cholo Gamer
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:23:17 AM

No...it's my wife...

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:48:11 AM

For guessing I was pretty close. Is your wife faithful?

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___________
Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 11:59:14 PM
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i dont see what the problem is.
1 and a half years is more than enough time to play a game, even though the warhawk servers are still up 3 years after release ;)

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Cholo Gamer
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:07:47 AM

Big problem because people cannot afford buying new sport games every year since the economy is f*cked up.

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Highlander
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:18:00 AM

Warhawk still has new content on occaision.

I think that the problem here is that there is no clear promise or guaranteed life of the online play. You're paying for a product that includes the online component. EA is arbitrarily curtailing that service. There needs to be a very clear statement on the packaging of a game with online capability that indicates how long online support will last - specifically when online support is guaranteed to exist until.

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___________
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 6:27:02 AM

dont buy a new game, theres something called gamerfly or another great new invention called the video store ;)
10 AUD and you can rent the game for 2 weeks, than take it back.
you pay 60 bucks and get one and a half years out of it and your complaining?
jesus tap dancing christ!
i pay 120 bucks for every game and am lucky to get a week out of them since my ps3 keeps logging me out every 10 minutes with the 8002AD23 error code i dont bother going online.
1.5 years is more than enough value for 60 bucks, they cant keep the servers up forever theres new games they need to use them for.

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Highlander
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:15:53 AM
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Give them an incentive? That is a new way of saying 'force'.

Obviously you can't expect multi-player game servers to remain available forever, they do cost money to buy, maintain and administer. On the other hand, it does seem to be a bit quick to kill servers of a game within two years of launch. If EA wants to do this, then I think it's only fair that EA places a clear service term on the packaging of the game so that we know how long we can expect the game servers to remain operational.

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archs13
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 1:57:11 AM
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the last sports game that i've ever owned was madden 2001.

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www
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 6:04:51 AM
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I always buy the new iteration, I just don't feel comfortable playing with outdated rosters. Oh and its FIFA to be precise, I've never bought a Madden game and I don't remember the last time I tried any NBA.

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Mista
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:38:51 AM
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I actually liked Madden 09 the presentation in 10 is cool but I know alot of ppl who still play 09. I stopped getting it every year back in 07-08. And as far as the pic goes I thought Vida was known worldwide, lol I'd reconize that body anywhere!

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Pacific
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:38:59 AM
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Fucking dicks talking about the result of the eagles/cowboys game last night, i had taped it and was going to watch after work >:(

My own fault I guess, you obviously need a sensory depravation hood on your head these days if you're not watching it live.

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 3:20:14 PM

@Pacific,

>>>>>My own fault I guess, you obviously need a sensory depravation hood on your head these days if you're not watching it live.>>>>>

Or to call people mindless dicks, just because they were'nt your personal psychic mind reader & knew you taped it???? WTF????

Here's a "newsflash" for you.....
Nobody here gave the final score, & nobody has stopped you from still watching it !!!!!!

BTW, it was Cowboys 24-0

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dveisalive
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 12:55:17 PM
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i actually like madden 09 better than 10 for the fact is that the passing sucks on 10. You need a peyton manning or tom brady just to throw an accurate ball. On 09 it was more easier to pass, but on 10 its like you dont have control were you throw it at no more. It's like they throw these horrible passes that mainly leads to picks etc... and I hate when you try to pass with a slow ass pocket qb and the pass rush just causes you to throw the ball 2-3 yards, and the shoe string tackle sucks ass as well. All the AI has to do is just nip you and you fall easily down WTF!

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goodgamer
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 5:30:21 PM
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i dont wana have bfbc2 to go this way.evil EA,but i support them, the sport franchise is made in my town of orlando, fl

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JDC80
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 7:19:14 PM
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The only time I use the EA servers is when I need to do a roster update or DNA update in NBA Live..I still play Madden and NCAA football 08 and still amazed that I still see people in those lobbies while I like football I prefer to play the latest installments of NBA Live and NHL games.

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Pacific
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:34:23 AM
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Sorry guys, I had no right to talk like that. Real apologies, there is no excuse for going on like that!

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