Originally Posted by FriskyTanuki
I don't see anything about it being a result of the EA deal, so this all comes off as conspiracy mumbo-jumbo, no offense. The logical reason for the closings would be that their sports games mostly sold like crap and the increased success of Sega Sports and EA Sports on their system made it much less of a sustainable avenue compared to the games that sold well for them. So one could say that EA (and Sega) forced Microsoft to give up on sports, but not because of an agreement to get EA on Xbox Live unless you can find some factual proof to prove it.
Those of us who bought NFL Fever 2004, NBA Inside Drive 2004, NHL Rivals 2004, Top Spin, and Links 2004 at full price for our Xbox behemoths know the story all too well. EA announces they're coming to Xbox Live, and the MS titles dry up on the store shelves. This left EA & Sega to duke it out over the NFL license, and we all know what happened there ... http://www.gamespot.com/features/bat...e-nfl-6115180/
More explanations from those of us who remember how stuff works ...
And some ancient news so you can follow the money ...
March 29, 2004 ... "We're cancelling all XSN titles, including football, basketball, and racing."
April 23, 2004 ... "EA is bringing football, basketball, and racing to Xbox Live."
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