EA Shutting down servers for several games

by: Nathan -
Hope no one is still playing these games because sadly EA has announced that they will be shutting down the servers for a bunch of thier older games. EA issued the following statement about the shut down

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 games shutting down are
January 19th 2013
  • Trenches 2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

January 14th 2013
  • The Sims 2 for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com

January 11th 2013
  • 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 3rd, 2013
  • FIFA Manager 11 for PC
These games join the EA Server graveyard along with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Arena Football, FIFA Street 3 and others that were shut down this year. This also marks the end of all online serves to any professional basketball games by EA. 

Maybe if you didn't release the same games year after year after year this wouldn't be an issue. 
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