EA Shuts Down Server Support For Numerous Older Titles

As we enter a new year, Electronic Arts has decided it to be the right time to shut down servers for a number of their older titles; most of which are of the sports genre.

The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy. The development teams and operational staff pour their hearts into these games almost as much as the customers playing them and it is hard to see one retired. But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level — fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles — where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running. 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. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we appreciate your ongoing patronage.

The following titles will have their multiplayer and roster updates go dead according to the dates mentioned.

December 31, 2012
World Series Superstars (Facebook)

January 3, 2013
FIFA Manager 11 (PC)

January 11, 2013
FIFA Soccer 11 (PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360)
FIFA Soccer 11 Ultimate Team (PS3 & Xbox 360)
Madden NFL 11 (PS3, Wii & Xbox 360)
Madden NFL 11 Ultimate Team (PS3 & Xbox 360)
NBA JAM (PS3 & Xbox 360)
NBA LIVE 10 (PS3 & Xbox 360)
NCAA Football 11 (PS3 & Xbox 360)
NHL 11 (PS3 & Xbox 360)
NHL 11 Ultimate Team (PS3 & Xbox 360)

January 14, 2013
The Sims 2 (PC/MAC and TheSims2.com)

January 19, 2013
Trenches II (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch)