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EA to shut down online servers for 12 titles in January

FIFA, Madden and NBA Jam to close

EA has confirmed they will retire online servers for 12 titles in an announcement on the EA website.

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The closures will begin on January 3 with FIFA Manager 11 for PC. The following titles will be discontinued:

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

The Sims 2 for PC/MAC and TheSims2.com

January 19

Trenches II for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

In a statement, 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."

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