EA Takes Down Online Servers For Eleven Games

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As has become something of a yearly tradition for Electronic Arts, the publisher is shutting down the online servers for eleven of its games.

On April 13, EA will kill the online servers for FIFA 10, Bloom Blox, and MMA, among other titles in its library that it says are "no longer feasible" to keep running. Fewer than 1% of EA's online players are using these games, the publisher said, making it tougher to justify keeping engineers and IT staff on those servers.

The full list, courtesy EA's official update:

April 13, 2012 — Online Services Shutdown
BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360


Perhaps adding insult to injury is the fact that MMA, which is only eighteen months old, required Online Pass, a one-time use code for multiplayer and online content that you'd have to purchase separately if you bought the game used or borrowed it from a friend. If you did buy an Online Pass for MMA, it was a very short-term investment.

"*Sigh* Some very good times on this game.. met some true friends.. won some money and met some fight-game enemies," one user wrote on EA's forums. "I have to ask, why do the servers need to be shut down?"

We've reached out to EA Sports for comment and will update should they choose to respond.

Online Service Updates [Electronic Arts]

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Sorry chaps and chapettes, I know it's fashionable to hate on EA and Activision and all the big bad publishers.

But EA are doing -nothing- wrong here.

Under the contract, they can only close down game servers that represent LESS THAN 1% of peak online play time. Basically, this affects pretty much nobody.

It saves money (which in turn leads to more games), means less time on server maintenance and really doesn't bother more than a handful of people.

Nobody really has the right to bitch about this.