EA Lists Games Losing Online Service in January 2013

EA will be shutting down online services for a dozen of its titles across multiple platforms throughout the month of January, titles whose online populations have dwindled to “fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles.” Affected games include The Sims 2, FIFA Soccer 11, Madden NFL 11, NHL 11, and NBA JAM.

On its website, EA explains the rationale:

“We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games.”

To quote the immortal words of Spock and Kirk, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one (percent).”

The full list of affected games, along with the service closure dates, is as follows:

January 19, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown

  • Trenches II for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

January 14, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown

  • The Sims 2 for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com

January 11, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown

  • FIFA Soccer 11 for PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
  • FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
  • Madden NFL 11 for PS3, Wii & Xbox 360
  • Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360
  • NBA JAM for PS3 & Xbox 360
  • NBA LIVE 10 for PS3 & Xbox 360
  • NCAA Football 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
  • NHL 11 for PS3 & Xbox 360
  • NHL 11 Ultimate Team for PS3 & Xbox 360

January 3, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown

  • FIFA Manager 11 for PC

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1 Comment on EA Lists Games Losing Online Service in January 2013

Mwallek

On January 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

Personally, I’m sick of dealing with EA and will probably forgo purchasing any more of their games. Crysis 2 activation sacm is a real turn off. I PAID IN FULL for a game I have to seek permission to activate after a certian number of activations? Bull. I understand the reasoning, but the idiotic execution of a stupid process looks to be a deal killer for future business, unless of course this stupid process is not being bundles with Crysis 3. If it is, I will never buy the game and would encourage others to let it go until big brother takes a chill pill.