EA servers are currently experiencing major issues, impacting users on FIFA 19 and Battlefield 1 [UPDATED] - Dexerto

EA servers are currently experiencing major issues, impacting users on FIFA 19 and Battlefield 1 [UPDATED]

Published: 1/Nov/2018 22:12 Updated: 2/Nov/2018 2:24

by Albert Petrosyan


We will keep this article updated with any new information announced by EA, or any developments that occur relating to the ongoing server and connection issues.

The game servers of Electronic Arts are currently experiencing major issues and hundreds of users are unable to get online.

The issue is seemingly impacting thousands players attempting to access major EA titles such as FIFA 19 and Battlefield 1 across Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Origin on PC.

Connectivity error messages began popping up for users on their platforms early on November 1, and even those who are able to get online are experiencing heavy menu lag, especially in FIFA 19.

Down Detector, an independent outage monitor, reported thousands complaints on social media about EA servers, with roughly 69% of them coming from FIFA 19 players.

UPDATE – 11/1/2018 5:14 PM PT

EA have announced that all services are now back up and running.

After initially being vague about the situation, EA eventually officially acknowledged that there were connectivity issues in a statement they put out on Twitter.

“We’re having some trouble with our services right now, so you might not be able to get into your games or create a case with us on help.ea.com,” they tweeted. “We’re looking into it, and we’ll let you know when we have more info.

Ironically, the EA Help website linked in the tweet is also experiencing major lag and connection issues, which likely has to do with the heavy load of users who are attempting to access the page. 

As of now, EA have not revealed what could be causing these issues or how long this situation will last before being resolved.

From the standpoint of FIFA 19, the timing could not have been any worse, as the in-game rewards for the previous week’s Weekend League were awarded on Thursday, which is also the starting date of this week’s Weekend League. 

However, in previous instances where connection issues affected Weekend League, EA have usually granted extensions to both the start and end dates of the competition, as well as the the deadline to register. 


FIFA 21 Rulebreakers promo countdown: leaks, start time, predictions

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:13

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS has begun officially unveiling this year’s Halloween promo event for Ultimate Team, and it looks like we’ll actually be getting something a little out of the ordinary in FIFA 21… “Rulebreakers.” Here’s everything we know so far.

The last few years have seen Ultimate Scream rule the last weeks of October. The Halloween themed promo has been trotted out in Ultimate Team for the last three years, but the special event’s ‘reign of terror’ seems to be coming to an end.

Instead, a new “Rulebreakers” promo seems to be looming on the horizon.

EA SPORTS teased the event on Twitter on Oct. 21, with only three letters ⁠— two Rs and an S ⁠— and a fragmented FUT card. Soon after, Dexerto dataminer FutWatch confirmed the hidden word would eventually spell out ‘Rulebreakers.’

When will the “Rulebreakers” promo begin?

FIFA’s spooky Ultimate Team promo ⁠— or at least, what Dexerto assumes is replacing the Ultimate Scream event this time around ⁠— is still based around Halloween. That means the promo will start this week, on Friday, October 23.

The event should run for just over a week, past the Halloween weekend.

If the timing on the “Rulebreakers” promo is the same as FUT’s spooky Ultimate Scream, we should see it last for just over a week. That means any special packs, challenges, and promo deals that hit Ultimate Team will last until November 2.

We’ll likely get a first-look reveal of the new promo event, and an upgraded team along with it, ahead of that 6pm Friday release time. Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK and @FutWatch, to see the news.

Rulebreakers predictions: new FIFA 21 upgrades?

Here’s where it gets a little tricky ⁠— EA SPORTS hasn’t really given us any clues about the potential upgrade team beyond the name. In fact, they haven’t even given us that yet, and we had to rely on Ultimate Team leaks to learn the truth.

That being said, it does sound like “Rulebreakers” could be one of two things. The first is those ‘destroyer’ players who pick up cards left and right, get stuck in on the pitch, and just rule the roost with their imposing presence in-game.

This is backed up by the promo’s background pitch line; it’s been crossed.

The second could be more meta. The title, ‘Rulebreakers,’ could refer to cards being pulled out of position, and breaking the rules. Maybe we’ll see a 90+ pace center back ⁠— lord knows this meta needs one ⁠— or a 99 physical wingback upgrade.

Possible ‘Rulebreaker’ players

  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Pepe (Arsenal)
  • Richarlison (Everton)
  • Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
  • David Luiz (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atlético Madrid)
  • Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Nigel de Jong (Al-Shahania)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (Bordeaux)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan)
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Everton striker Richarlison is a good Premier League shout for the “Rulebreakers” team.

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s new Rulebreakers Halloween promo so far. Make sure if you’ve got a few FUT coins saved up you keep them in your back pocket; there could be some cracking cards on the way!

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.