By Xan Vital
April 22, 2019
This weekend saw servers for several of EA’s most popular games nearly inaccessible as they appear to be facing what may be a DDOS (deliberate denial of service) attack. We’ve seen this time and time again over the years as companies struggle to make their servers more secure. Attacks like these often lead to games being unplayable for anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks making it nearly impossible to predict when your games will be available again. Thankfully, this only appears to be affecting games running on EA’s servers thus far.
However, considering many of EA’s titles are ‘live service’ games with no ability to be played without internet, it’s worth noting that outages like these can lead to several games being entirely unplayable.
Confirmed Affected Games
FIFA players were particularly affected as the FIFA Weekend League was interrupted. As a mode dominated by high stress & higher stakes, players are concerned that their hard-earned progress will be lost. The weekend league is an enormous time commitment that requires players to first qualify for the league (which in itself is highly time-consuming) and then play 40 games against other players over the course of the weekend.
@EA_GZaro Any chance of a WL extension? Not sure why it’s so difficult for EA to communicate when servers were down for the last hours last night.— Aditya (@ThoughtsFromAdi) April 22, 2019
I can’t even imagine playing 40 games of FIFA in a weekend, let alone having all that work amount to nothing.
We’re currently hearing conflicting reports claiming that servers are working for some players but not others as EA claims the situation is completely resolved.
If you were having trouble connecting earlier this morning, we've fixed those issues. Thanks for sticking with us!— EA Help (@EAHelp) April 22, 2019
Check in with this post or our Twitter account for updates on the exact cause of the outage as well as when the issues have been fully resolved.