EA Shutting Down FIFA 11 Servers and Others This Month
Written Wednesday, January 02, 2013 By Richard Walker
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EA is set to close down a bunch of servers for its sports titles later this month, affecting games like FIFA 11, Madden NFL 11, NBA Jam, NHL 11 and others.

There's a total of nine server closures affecting consoles, across six of EA Sports various franchises. You can get the lot below:

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

"The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy," the publisher states on its official site. "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."

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Comment #1 by Blessorship
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 11:39:31 AM
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Time to get those NBA jam online trophies, thankfully I've already plat the rest of them. Trying to keep at least 1.5 years ahead of EAs closures.

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Comment #2 by findaway
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 11:49:45 AM
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As far as I know, the digital version of NBA Jam isn't affected so it's all good.

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Comment #3 by SweatySasquatch
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:02:40 PM
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The NBA Jam they speak of isn't NBA Jam:On Fire Edition I hope, or is it the much older retail release.

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Comment #4 by kakihara301
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:06:58 PM
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For all concerned : NBA Jam : On Fire is NOT having it's servers shut down. This only affects NBA Jam.

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Comment #5 by Canadian_Wilson
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:34:53 PM
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It's the same quote from EA every time isn't it? "They pour their heart and souls..."

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Comment #6 by juzam666
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 12:35:10 PM
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The official statement is the same from last year where they close 2010 servers. Copy paste for 2012 next year guys.
The behind he scenes work of checking to see if the servers didn't crash in the middle of the night. Sweet.
I wonder if EA is buying back all unsold copies of these games since it was decided they aren't worth maintaining any longer.

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Comment #7 by dda1996a
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:17:13 PM
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#6 I don't think they will buy back all those games. The price will drop to 5-20 dollars and they can still make a few bucks from people buying those really old games, or just let the stores keep them

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Comment #8 by Nakatomi_Uk
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:27:46 PM
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Yet game shops that still sell them never mention that the servers are shut down to be honest they dont have too really but they should remove the titles because its an half baked game now there online portion is offline

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Comment #9 by jannder
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 01:38:01 PM
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Shutdown servers...the bane of trophy hunters everywhere.

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Comment #10 by kakihara301
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:08:56 PM
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"The bane of trophy hunters..."

When EA makes a lame staement, and their servers are in ashes....then trophy hunters have my permission to cry.

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Comment #11 by mikedo2007
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:26:00 PM
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To EA: please don't put trophies that involve going online and doing MP when you're going shut down the servers a year later.

I don't play sports game nor I play them online. I don't understand what's great about playing sports game online when you're just playing 1 on 1 (unlike 18 players on Call of Duty, or 256 players on MAG), you can just play it with your friend offline (that's why a 2nd controller exist for).

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Comment #12 by ZACHSP8
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:32:07 PM
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Why is this getting posted as news now, EA game a statement a month ago with this list of games.

Old news, move on.

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Comment #13 by kakihara301
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 02:58:12 PM
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Because they added games to the list of shutdowns. A little more info is new news. Read before you post and give yourself a thumbs-up. -_-

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Comment #14 by Wiggiie
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:02:28 PM
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I can understand you cant keep servers up for old games, barely none plays online anymore. It costs more too keep em running then too close em. Altho wish theyd bring a trophy patch making them singelplayer or something, having some old sport games forever stuck at low completion rate is kinda sad for those troph hunters out there.

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Comment #15 by geroldhulahoop
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:05:53 PM
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They will make it about 6-8 months of trying to get in the playoffs for NHL 11 and getting screwed every month. Would have loved that plat.

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Comment #16 by DarkStar83x
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:17:21 PM
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EA sucks.

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Comment #17 by OlympiakosNYC
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:22:11 PM
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@12 what exactly is wrong with a friendly reminder or for someone that was unaware to be made aware of it.

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Comment #18 by DeividHasselhoff
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:24:14 PM
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@14 - EA made over 1 billion dollars net revenue in Q2 fiscal 2013 according to their press releases. How is having very minor amount of servers (at least according to what they say about their usage) up going to put them into bankruptcy?
At the same time even older Codemasters games are playable online.
Only reason why EA is shutting those servers down is to make more people buy newer versions of their sports games.

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Comment #19 by Aboelsas
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 03:44:34 PM
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I hate when game servers close but come on guys when a sports game has a new title only a few actually play the old ones let alone 2 new titles 2012 & 2013 so as a trophy hunter who has lost the chance to get FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 plat i know how it feels but i also know that i was too lazy to get them done and kept them hanging for over 2 years until i realized it was too late

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Comment #20 by speco1
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:03:12 PM
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all the money EA makes and they still do this BS every year. How long have the GTA4 servers been going for?

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Comment #21 by maddodd1882
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:26:53 PM
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In otherwords you better buy our latest games now, i dont think they should be allowed for the life of the playstation, games should not have a time limit, do i get money back if i own any of the games, no, and the best of it is the servers are the worst in any game i have ever played no exaggeration.

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Comment #22 by KylieDog
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 04:53:32 PM
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I do understand why they don't either:

A) Ditch including online trophies

B) Since they know will be shutting them down, make it so if signed into PSN and fail to connect to EA servers (because shut down), award the trophies.

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Comment #24 by claas
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 11:41:35 PM
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How will i sleep at night now

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Comment #25 by TheUnlockable1
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 11:59:56 PM
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Maybe they are about to go Bankrupt as well. Look at both EA and THQ, they are exactly the same. They both make alot of third party games with movies and sports. Both release games that have online pass codes. And they don't make much money. THQ went bankrupt while EA was named worst video game company ever.

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Comment #26 by kraven_15
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 04:45:48 AM
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Servers closures suck but at least EA give warning. Spontaneous server closures suck and seem to be happening far too often. Boo for the closures but props for the warning.

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Comment #28 by Loftus
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 04:52:40 AM
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Funny how so many other smaller companies can keep servers running for 5+ years, yet EA pull the plug on everything while thousands still play. I wish they would just cut the crap and release a statement saying they're hungry for more money.

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Comment #29 by Macthillien
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 07:19:44 AM
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#6 they are just shutting them down so you will buy their new games insted. Money, it is all about money.

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Comment #30 by ZACHSP8
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 09:29:43 AM
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@13 this is same games I see listed last month.

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Comment #31 by ZACHSP8
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 09:31:40 AM
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@13 I don't give myself thumbs up, I'm sorry some people agreed with me. :-)

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Comment #32 by crapstain101
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 11:53:21 AM
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NBA Jam for real?

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Comment #33 by dellboy81
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 12:47:22 PM
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at 29 - who still plays fifa 11 or nhl 11 anyway?

im not big into these ea titles - i buy fifa each year, play for a bit and sell it on, losing very little money. my two brothers buy these each year and play all the time and when the year is over, the game is left to collect dust. most people dont want to play a game that is years old, they want to play as their fave teams in correct kits with correct teams.

i do however game some good memories of getting some online cheevos on nba live 06 i think it was back in 2009 when that server was going down and there was a big push on the sister site x360a to get people online (i think it had to be 200 gamers online while you play a match and we smashed it) and that was on the very last day possible. so its always a nice feeling when you pull it off, but not if you dont.

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Comment #34 by kakihara301
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 01:57:48 PM
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Last month - "The servers for FIFA 11, NBA Jam, Madden NFL 11, NCAA Football 11 and NHL 11 are to be shut down on January 11th, 2013."

This month - 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

That looks like several more added to me.

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Comment #35 by ZACHSP8
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 03:55:38 PM
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@34 I was wrong there is one game added, not several as you have stated.

Only game added is NBA LIVE 10.

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Comment #36 by youngbizz
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 01:53:05 PM
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That shit is wack!!!!!!

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Comment #37 by youngbizz
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 01:58:41 PM
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@11 actually in fifa 11 you can play with 11 people online so, your not just playing 1 on 1

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