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The Future of EA SPORTS Arena

By EA SPORTS Aug 5, 2014

The shape of competitive gaming has changed greatly over the years, and the EA SPORTS Arena is no exception. There are tens of thousands of gamers challenging others each day, and there are many options available where these kinds of matches can be played.

With that, we are announcing that we will be closing the EA SPORTS Arena this November and that none of our upcoming games will support this function. Although our upcoming crop of games (Madden NFL 15, NHL 15 and FIFA 15) will not support the EA SPORTS Arena when they hit store shelves, we will continue to support the current crop of titles (FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NHL 14 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13) until the service is shut down.

While EA SPORTS Arena will cease to exist, we hope that our fans are able to find alternative competitive gaming communities to compete in. Be sure to visit our forums to find where other like-minded gamers are playing.

We thank all those who have taken advantage of what EA SPORTS Arena has to offer these last few years.


HOW EA SPORTS ARENA WORKS

Whether you're a Pro or a Joe, EA SPORTS Arena is your official battleground to face off against opponents in titles like Madden NFL, NHL and FIFA.

  • SET UP A MATCH AT WORLDGAMING.COM: Join a tournament or challenge members.
  • PLAY IN ARENA: Play your match in the Arena online game mode.
  • MAKE CASH: World Gaming automatically deposits your winnings into your account.

FIFA 14 TOURNAMENTS

  • Register at WorldGaming.com and play FIFA 14 in the Arena to win cash and prizes.
  • Scout friends/opponents and issue challenges OR use the matchmaking system to find players similar to your skill level.
  • Join Play & Go for 1v1 games at any time to fit your schedule and cash out any time.
  • Play in a traditional bracket tournament to compete at set times.
  • World Gaming gets your game stats in real time directly from the game servers ensuring your wins are tracked properly so that you get paid instantly.
  • Support ends November 2014

NHL 14 TOURNAMENTS

  • Register at WorldGaming.com and play NHL 14 in the Arena to win cash and prizes.
  • Scout friends/opponents and issue challenges OR use the matchmaking system to find players similar to your skill level.
  • Join Play & Go for 1v1 games at any time to fit your schedule and cash out any time.
  • Play in a traditional bracket tournament to compete at set times.
  • World Gaming gets your game stats in real time directly from the game servers ensuring your wins are tracked properly so that you get paid instantly.
  • Support ends November 2014

MADDEN NFL 25 TOURNAMENTS

  • Register at WorldGaming.com and play Madden NFL 25 in the Arena to win cash and prizes.
  • Scout friends/opponents and issue challenges OR use the matchmaking system to find players similar to your skill level.
  • Join Play & Go for 1v1 games at any time to fit your schedule and cash out any time.
  • Play in a traditional bracket tournament to compete at set times.
  • World Gaming gets your game stats in real time directly from the game servers ensuring your wins are tracked properly so that you get paid instantly.
  • Support ends November 2014

FAQ

How many people were participating in Arena events and tournaments?

Less than 0.2 percent of our players were participating in Arena events on a regular basis. That told us that our fans weren’t seeing value in the Arena service, and we decided to focus our efforts on developing new, engaging services for our players.

What will happen in November?

We will disable the Arena feature in the participating titles (FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NHL 14, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13) and there will no longer be support for this service by EA SPORTS.

What will happen to World Gaming (formerly Virgin Gaming)?

That question is better answered by World Gaming.

What if I have an outstanding billing or customer service issue with Arena?

For issues relating to EA SPORTS Arena, you will need to contact World Gaming Support (CS) link at www.worldgaming.com.

How much money did EA make off this program.

We can’t disclose the financial arrangements of the program.