EA Sports subscription model in the works, may take a while

By Rick · 12 replies
Jul 26, 2011
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  1. While the idea is still on the drawing board, Electronic Arts has confirmed to be investigating an annual subscription model for its "EA Sports" brand. One document, said to be…

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  2. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Madden 2013 Price chart

    Team - $10.00 each .. Buy any division, get another division at 15% off
    Team Players - $5.00 each .. Buy the offense, get the defense at 10% off
    Plays - $.99 each .. Buy the Second and Long Pack and get any Special Teams play free.

    It will come to this before too long
  3. Superpeter

    Superpeter TS Member Posts: 49

    Madden Pc Anyone?
  4. Hankhendrix

    Hankhendrix TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +9

    They've done it again.

    "Its just like the old EA saying. Get the F*** out of my building".
  5. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    What I love the most is they all have the "Look at the size of my wallet" badge to go with them. People will literally pay to have their username have a shield/icon/epeen sign next to it.

    Sigh. End rant :p
  6. fyrfaktry

    fyrfaktry TS Member Posts: 18

  7. fyrfaktry

    fyrfaktry TS Member Posts: 18

  8. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I will never do a subscription. EVER
  9. Inarius03

    Inarius03 TS Member Posts: 25

    I can't wait until the world is rid of EA.
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I play Fifa on 360. If there is value in the yearly subscription offering that I don't currently get for the £39.99 I spend every October (usually at midnight in a supermarket - only game I queue for) then I would consider it. But not if its value that was previously included with the game.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I think the reason they are doing this is because they see sports games, and FPS shooter games as revenue thieves when compared to "regular" type games (RDR, GTA, etc). You buy GTA4 for $60, play it for a month lets say, and then you go and buy another game, another $60.

    You buy a sports game, you can play it for six months or longer pretty much to the exclusion of other games. Same with a fun FPS shooter. So EA looks at it from the perspective that you're not out there buying new games, and you're getting hundreds of hours of enjoyment for a game that costs as much as a ten or twenty hour game does.

    So the inevitable conclusion is to make those game cost more to offset the costs of lost revenue due to the player not buying other games. But since they cannot make these games cost more than $60, they're going to nickel and dime everything to death on DLCs in order to have the game's final cost reflect the ultimate value to the consumer.
  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    That's a good observation, as you'll notice none of the proposed subs offer DLC content for free... only at a 'discount'.

    Whatever EA decides to do, it almost certainly in the interest of profits (that is their obligation to shareholders, after all), so it is safe to assume they expect to make more money on downloadable content instead of traditional, up-front purchases... or even the subscriptions themselves.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    And the problem with sports games and DLCs is, as darkshadoe pointed out, is where do you stick the addons? You either remove core components from the game and sell them back, the DLCs are completely cosmetic (stadium, uniform, etc), or they provide an unfair advantage to those who don't own them.

    I suppose with soccer games you could charge more for adding non premium leagues that weren't included with the original game, but when it comes to US games (football, basketball, baseball), you have to include all the teams or the game is stupid. And what else can you really add that shouldn't be included in the game in the first place?

    The only thing I would think a subscription would be useful for would be updating rosters and so forth as a given season goes on. But that pretty much gets done when the annual refresh comes out (at full price).

    I'm not sure how they're going to proceed, but I'm 95% certain it is going to result in more money for the same experience.

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