What is EA Sports' Season Ticket? It's a $25 VIP pass, good for a year, getting you past the velvet rope to your favorite sports game on a weekend when everyone else is still playing last year's edition. It offers a 20 percent discount on paid downloadable content.
But the parameters of Season Ticket in no way make it a value-hunting resource to the rest of the public. It is definitely a premium experience, meant for those whose gaming lifestyle primarily identifies with an EA Sports game.
Announced by EA Sports today, the service's major appeal is in offering its subscribers a digital copy of the full retail release of upcoming versions of Madden, NHL, FIFA, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and NCAA Footballfor three days before they release. This digital copy expires at 6 a.m. U.S. Eastern time on the day of release, requiring a trip to the store to pick up a retail disc to continue your gaming. (And it will continue. Any gamesave files generated during the preview will be preserved, just not the game itself.)