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Madden tournament shooting victim files suit against EA and venue

Madden tournament shooting victim files suit against EA and venue

Last week's mass shooting tragedy in Jacksonville, Florida at a bar hosting a tournament for the Madden 19 video game left three people dead and 11 others wounded. Now, one of the victims that was shot twice and survived has filed a lawsuit against EA, the developer/publisher of the football game, and the venue that hosted the tournament. The suit alleges that the game company "failed to provide a safe and secure environment" for the event.

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Anthem demo coming in February, BioWare confirms

Anthem demo coming in February, BioWare confirms

One of 2019's most anticipated games is EA's Anthem, the sci-fi action/shooter RPG that lets players don mech-like battle suits and explore an open world with friends or on their own. At this weekend's PAX West event, developer BioWare hosted a panel focusing on the game, revealing a few new details about what players can expect before release, namely a playable demo coming in February.

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EA Origin Access Premier subscriptions are now available

EA Origin Access Premier subscriptions are now available

EA's Origin service has competed with Steam for years at this point, but now we're seeing it take a page out of Netflix's book as well. Today, EA launched a new service called Origin Access Premier, which allows subscribers to play the company's newest titles without a purchase in return for a monthly subscription fee. Other gaming companies have tried similar subscription services, with Sony and Microsoft most notable among them.

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EA clarifies that Battlefield 5’s multiplayer modes will be playable at launch

EA clarifies that Battlefield 5’s multiplayer modes will be playable at launch

Publisher EA revealed some big information this week on the upcoming Battlefield 5, and at first it didn't all sound like good news. A new blog post on the status of the game's development stated that the flagship multiplayer mode, dubbed Grand Operations, wouldn't be available on launch day. Fortunately for fans of the WWII-themed shooter, this detail turned out to be incorrect; unfortunately it wasn't clarified until after the news was widely reported.

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EA Origin Access Premier launches next week

EA Origin Access Premier launches next week

Back at E3, EA made a rather surprising announcement that revealed a new subscription tier for its Origin Access service. Dubbed Origin Access Premier, this new tier will give subscribers full access to the company's latest releases. In many cases, in fact, a Premier subscription will grant users early access to EA's new titles like Battlefield V and FIFA 19, allowing those subscribers a chance to play them before everyone else.

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EA gives Battlefield 5 women backlash a blunt ultimatum

EA gives Battlefield 5 women backlash a blunt ultimatum

Vocal gamers who aren't happy with women being included in Battlefield V have an easy solution, EA's chief design officer has said, but they might not like it even more. Electronic Arts showed off the latest installment in the Battlefield franchise back in late May, and the controversy around its decision to include women on the battlefield has persisted all the way to E3 2018 this week.

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EA at E3 2018: Everything you need to know

EA at E3 2018: Everything you need to know

It’s the world’s largest gaming event this week but even before things formally started, old Electronics Art already dropped a few things for those hungry for the latest and juiciest gaming news. And there was definitely a lot, unsurprisingly, ranging from the well-timed FIFA 19 soccer/football game to new Star Wars content. To save you the hassle of digging through the haystack, here are the noteworthy announcements EA made over the weekend.

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EA Origin Access Premier subscription gets pre-launch games

EA Origin Access Premier subscription gets pre-launch games

EA is offering gamers a new PC subscription gaming option, Origin Access Premier, with the promise of all of the company's newest titles for a single monthly payment. The new package was announced at EA PLAY at E3 2018, and will include brand new games like FIFA 19 and Battlefield V.

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Battlefield V announced, official reveal coming next week

Battlefield V announced, official reveal coming next week

As Battlefield 1 is turning two later this year, many people have been expecting the reveal of a new Battlefield game for late 2018. Rumors claiming that a new Battlefield game is in the works have popped up here and there in recent months, and now Electronic Arts has confirmed that one is on the way. We don't know much about the title just yet, but that air of mystery won't last for very long, as an official reveal is slated for next week.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 update brings the big changes fans demanded

Star Wars Battlefront 2 update brings the big changes fans demanded

Fans were, to put it mildly, not happy with the changes EA had made to Star Wars Battlefront 2. The progression system had relied heavily on microtransactions, essentially forcing players to choose between either spending additional real-world money on a game they already paid for or failing to progress in the game. Many people boycotted the game as a result, some even reaching out to Disney in an effort to disrupt its relationship with the game company. Things, finally, are changing.

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Major League Soccer launches own esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

Major League Soccer launches own esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

The worlds of traditional professional sports leagues and esports just got a bit more overlap. Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new partnership with EA Sports to create its own esports league, dubbed eMLS, which will be tied to the worldwide competition for FIFA 18. eMLS will feature 19 of MLS's 23 clubs, with each real-world team selecting a professional gamer to represent them in competition.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 in-game purchases suspended, for now

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 in-game purchases suspended, for now

Rebels can rejoice and celebrate as their days of virtual protests have created enough disturbance in the Force to force the Empire of Arts to relent and reconsider its bid for supremacy and money. It, however, be too soon to call it a complete victory, as the Empire ominously hints that it will be back, but perhaps in a way that will catch gamers unaware. For now, however, would-be players of Star Wars: Battlefront II can rest assured that they won’t have to pay to win, as in-game microtransactions have been temporarily put on hold.

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