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Is Madden 19’s “Ultimate Code Breaker Challenge” an April Fools’ joke? [UPDATE]

Published: 1/Apr/2019 19:10 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 16:45

by Joe Bartel

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It appears as if Madden 19 Ultimate Team is joining in on the April Fools’ Day trend with their later “Ultimate Code Breaker Challenge.” 

Following the widely successful challenge from February, the current challenge will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC users until 12am PDT / 3am EDT / 8am BST. 

Each one of the five solos has a hidden objective(s), but the first four shouldn’t take too much time to complete if you know what to do. The reward upon completing the quintuplet of solos is an Ultimate Code Pack, similar to the code needed to earn a 95 overall player during the lead up to the Super Bowl.

The Ultimate Code Breaker Challenge appears to be a play on April Fools’.

However, the community has yet to figure out the correct code as of this publication, and the in-game text seems to heavily hint the reward will actually come Tuesday, April 2.

Both the Madden Daily Drops stream and the literal in-game text seem to strongly hint the reward will come tomorrow.

Here’s an outline of the hidden objectives required to pass each solo:

Solo 1 – Three’s Company

  • Objective – Run three times
  • Objective – Complete three passes
  • Objective – Kick a field goal

Solo 2 – Hot Potato

  • Objective – recover your own fumble

Easiest way to do this would be to “Taunt” – either L2+R2+X (on PS4) or LT+RT+A (on Xbox One). It’s worth noting, you cannot lateral the ball and then recover the fumble.

Solo 3 – More or Less

  • Objective – Get to the opponent’s 26-yard line in one play

Solo 4 – It was the 252nd Day of the 18th Year of the 1st Century of the 3rd Millennium

  • Objective – Throw a pick-six

Easiest way to complete this task would be to go into a trips shotgun play, hot route the lone receiver to a “curl” route and lob the pass.

Solo 5 – You’re Trying Too Hard

  • Objective – Don’t get any yards or score throughout the entire first quarter

(It’s imperative you change the “Play Clock Remaining” to 10 seconds before starting this solo, as it’s a full 15-minute quarter in which you can’t gain any yards, so you’ll want to the CPU to have as little time as possible.)

UPDATE

It was confirmed on April 2 that this challenge wasn’t just a simple April Fools’ Joke and that players would receive 75,000 coins if the five solo challenges were completed during the allotted time period. 

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Madden NFL launches multi-year collegiate program across 2,500 campuses

Published: 28/Oct/2020 14:06

by Adam Fitch

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Electronic Arts and Learfield IMG College have entered a multi-year partnership to find future esports stars at colleges.

Level Next, The College Esports League, is said to support over 2,500 campuses across the United States and starts with Madden NFL 21. Beginning on November 9, registration is open to all college students that are attending a four-year accredited university.

The league will “feature at least one of EA’s esports franchises” and serves as the gaming company’s official home for collegiate esports.

There’s no word on other titles that the league may adopt in the future but EA are also behind FIFA, NHL, and Apex Legends.

Level Next, The College Esports League
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Level Next, The College Esports League will initially utilize Madden NFL 21.

Taking collegiate esports to the next level?

An eight-week regular season will lead to playoffs and a culminating championship, with the winning team being named the national champions. The Fall Champions Series will have a $150,000 total prize pool.

The Madden NFL 21 Championship Series is the official top flight of competition for the American football game and includes sponsors such as Pizza Hut, Snickers, Verizon, and Gillette. The 2021 Club Championship, which is part of the series is set to give out $750,000 across its competitors.

“Until now, collegiate esports has been primarily small-scale, community-based and fragmented. This program will bring the excitement and camaraderie of college competition to a new level,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP of EA’s competitive efforts.

“By leveraging EA’s decades of experience at the intersection of traditional sports and esports, and Learfield IMG College’s unprecedented scale and position as the official rights holder for more than 200 universities and conferences, this collaboration will establish a much-needed structure within the collegiate esports ecosystem and help accelerate Madden NFL competitive gaming popularity.”

The ultimate goal of Level Next is to “unify competitive play at universities nationwide,” which also provides a platform for up-and-coming talent to show off their abilities.

Much like in traditional sports, esports organizers are looking to schools and colleges to create a talent pipeline across multiple gaming titles.