Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by Cameron Woolsey

EA to Shut Down 12 Game Servers

Electronic Arts has recently announced that it will begin shutting down servers for 12 games starting Jan. 3, 2013. Most of the titles revealed are older sports games released in 2011.

A representative at EA wrote:

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 entire list  of games that will no longer have online servers are as follows:

January 3:

  • Fifa Manager 11 for PC

January 11:

  • 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 14:

January 19:

  • Trenches II for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

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