EA Shutting Down Multiple Online Game Servers Next Month

Electronic Arts has announced they will be shutting down the online services to some of their games on February 2nd, 2010. You may continue to play the games online up until these dates, but certain community programs may begin to close down prior to the shutdown dates. Among one of the titles is Madden 2009 which a lot of gamers believe it may be too soon. The closing of the 2009 servers makes it feel like EA is forcing gamers to fork out up to $60 for some titles that will only have a year and a half online shelf life. EA has responded to the all the complaints stating:

“All of us at EA would like to thank you for your valued participation in our online gaming community and hope that your enthusiasm for these games extends to our current lineup and beyond.”

But here’s the big question, is this justifiable? I understand that sports titles usually do not last more than 2 to 3 years but 2009?

The list of servers that will be removed are listed below.

UEFA Champions League 07 PC and x360
Facebreaker x360 and PS3
Fantasy Football 09 x360 and PS3
Fight Night Round 3 PS2
Madden 08 Wii
Madden 08 PC
Madden 09 Xbox1
Madden 09 Wii and PSP
March Madness 07 x360
NBA 07 PSP, x360
NBA 08 PS2, PSP, Wii
NBA 09 Wii – Europe only
NBA Street (2007) PS3 and x360
NCAA Football 08 PS2
NCAA Football 09 PS2
NASCAR 09 PS3 and x360 – Europe Only
NFL Tour PS3 and x360
NHL 07 PSP and x360
Tiger Woods 07 PC
Madden 09 x360 and PS3
Madden 07 Xbox 360

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