FIFA 11: "We'd be idiots not to do more online"

Online space is "definitely important" for franchise's future, says producer

EA Sports would be "idiots not to more online stuff" in future FIFA games, producer David Rutter told CVG.

"I think online is very important [to the franchise]," he said in our recent interview. "We have a ridiculous number of people playing FIFA online every day.

"We've had almost 300 million games of FIFA played online since launch and it's not let up. It's just constant. That's really nice and yeah, we'd be idiots not to do more online stuff."

Rutter also discussed the massive spike outs that real-life footy matches cause to FIFA's online service, sparking the development team to stick a television in their offices to constantly monitor matches.

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"When the community guys were over in Vancouver it was during the Champions League final and we went from 40,000 people playing FIFA online to zero in the space of five minutes when the game kicked off," he said.

"Then at half-time it went back up again to 20,000, then back down to zero for the second half and then back up again to 45,000 at the end of that match. So we have a TV in the office now so we can spot server outages, see who's playing and where."

Read the full interview for more.