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EA SPORTS Complex Now Live in PlayStation Home

Locust_Star's Avatar Posted by on Apr 23, 2009 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

The day has finally come! Phase one of the EA SPORTS Complex has been unleashed and it is high time that all of you sports fanatics log in to PlayStation Home, explore this hugely interactive space, try your hand at the available mini-games, and check out all the teasers and trailers that await your prying eyes.

Out of the proverbial box, EA has two casual multiplayer mini-games for you to challenge your friends to: A whole floor of poker tables and the new EA SPORTS Racing game. The former allows for up to 8 players per table to indulge in high stakes tournament-style Texas Hold ‘Em and the latter lets you put the pedal to the metal and compete for the best time against 3 other users in a formula-style race.

The Complex – much like the PlayStation Home platform – will evolve over time. Currently scheduled updates include the EA SPORTS Golf mini-game (where users can test their stick skills at an indoor driving range) leaderboards, poker bracelets and a rewards system. As new titles are announced, content within the space and additional game-specific achievement rewards will be added.

To start, the EA SPORTS Complex will be available to the North American and European PlayStation Home communities. Future rollout of the space to other territories will be coming soon. So if you are one of those users lucky enough to live in the aforementioned territories, be sure to head over to the space and give it a test drive (pun intended). Home Community Specialist BuggieTechnica and I will be in the space throughout today challenging users to the Racing mini-game (and throwing cards at the Texas Hold ‘Em tables). Come up and say hi if you see us, and tell us what you think the next phase of the Complex should bring.

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+ Sigmakan on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:01 am said:

Very cool


+ ExcelKnight on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 am said:

Ooh, more minigames. Can’t wait to try the racers, but poker doesn’t interest me.


+ axeblade07 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 am said:

I checked it out earlier and I must say I am impressed. Received a EA shirt for coming in second on the racing game. Great job EA and the Home team!! Keep it coming.


+ SuicideSkull on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 am said:

nice keep up the good work


+ gmk218 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 am said:

no golf yet real bummer typical release something into home thats not yet complete geesh need more poker tables in there too real bummer ss my $.002


+ BabeBro on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 am said:

Thanks! The space is finally out! Thank you guys so much and I’ll hopefully see you in HOME Locust! Say hi to Cydonia for me please :o)


+ jimmy903 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:12 am said:

Nice, I was not expecting this today. I’m there once I get home.

Any ideas as to when the driving range is going live?


+ TheHater2 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:13 am said:

are you guys planning anything for HOME for E3 this year? Like we will be able to see the Sony press conference live through HOME?

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    + Locust_Star on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:04 am said:

    We are, indeed, planning some events to coincide with E3. Details will be coming soon.


+ smokey_vols on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:16 am said:

I visited it today already, seemed pretty cool.


+ stephen2005 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:16 am said:

Sounds really cool.

With this and Xi, it seems like Home is getting more and more interesting. Keep up the great work!


+ DeviantBoi on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:17 am said:

Great addition to Home!

Now we need some video poker machines!


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:18 am said:

Shouldn’t there be an announcement on the login page, loving the racing game, just came in FIRST ON MY FIRST TRY. Thanks for the prizes! Guess I’m liking this one part of Home, they did a great job on it. I’ve also SOLVED Xi….


+ DeviantBoi on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:19 am said:

Any chance that EA can offer the poker tables for the clubs? I know that there would be people willing to spend some money on getting this for their club to get poker nights going.


+ omnilaw on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:19 am said:


Don’t listen to the haters this is a sweet surprise!


+ czakhary on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:23 am said:

This is good news. I am sure many will be excited about this release.


+ inveigle on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:25 am said:

Thanks for the update! I’ll have to check this out.


+ PasteyMF on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:27 am said:

Are there a limited amount of tables to sit at for poker or are there multiple instances of the EA space to accommodate everyone that wants to play?

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    + Locust_Star on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

    There are a limited amount of tables in any given instance, but an unlimited amount of potential instances. As one instance fills up, another spawns to ensure that there is always ample room for users.


+ Emadeowa on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:28 am said:

AAAWWWWW YEAH! awesome job EA and the home team….Can’t wait for more EA mini games


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:35 am said:

lap time of 26.26 seconds, beat that.


+ NiavlysUS on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:40 am said:

How about a tennis court, or ping pong tables, or beach volley-ball? it shouldn’t be too complicated to do!?
Or shufflepuck tables… little sports related game like that are kinda amusing to a certain level, and are fairly simple.
Unless the bowling alley already has those on the way…


+ Aggie_CEO on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:40 am said:

I’ll check that out later….when I’m tired of Killzone 2….so ummmmm August??



+ FoolKiller79 on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:43 am said:

I haven’t seen it yet, but after the Godfather 2 space I have been much more hopeful for this one. Finally I get a racing game and I hope to see the mini-golf soon.

Regarding the poker tables: I understand that Texas Hold ‘Em is the big thing right now, but has anyone considered a full-fledged Home Casino space? A space where you could have Five Card Draw, Blackjack, slots, roulette, etc. Give it a few floors and even a small arcade area with a few mini-games to allow us to step away from the games of chance for a bit.

I’d also like to see an arcade space with some of the arcade/carnival midway only games like Skee Ball, shooting games, Alley Cats, Ring Toss, etc. These kinds of things would be perfect for unlocking free items in Home. And I know EA has experience with carnival-style mini-games, just not on the PS3, yet.

Another thing I would love to see is a family game space with cheap versions of licensed board games with everything from Chess/checkers to Monopoly, Life, Battleship, and Risk. They don’t have to be fancy, just a little top-down 2-D representation would work.


+ infamousXX87XX on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:44 am said:

its cool but i wish the currency system was available


+ almighty-slayer on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

It is VERY impressive. Kudos to EA, they did a fantastic job.


+ SPARDA on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:48 am said:

Home is really growing. This is a nice addition by EA.

Will be checking it out late for sure

Thanks for the update


+ EktorOni on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:58 am said:

Locust: Singstar fans around the country, incl. myself, are wondering where are the Singstar Home Rewards. Please, give us an answer. Thanks. :)

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    + Locust_Star on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

    We\’re currently awaiting a status update regarding these items and will be sure to inform you all when we have an ETA on these rewards. Apologies for any inconvenience this may be causing you. We\’re working our tails off to resolve this – that I can promise you!


+ SPOPS on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:02 am said:

It’s nice to see Home growing finally. But to be honest I do not find myself using the service. There is just no real “Draw” to make me want to spend my time there. Running around and doing little cheesy mini games is just not my idea of fun. I would rather pop in a game of SOCOM, Little Big Planet, GTA IV, Uncharted Drake’s Fortune, etc… and have some fun.

I don’t know maybe it is just me… I just wish that home had a little more substance to make me interested. XI was pretty cool when it first came out. But than it just became overly complicated, and lost my interest.

There was only one space I was really ever interested in… “The Trophy Room” I have a sneaky suspicion that idea has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Guess we are stuck with the small gamer cards only :(


+ LokeSTL on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:04 am said:

Question. Will we be getting the Disgaea homespace?


+ Jezer29 on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

Thats b/c Home is not technically suppose to be fun game.. Its a chill spot. Where you hang out when your not playing games. And at the same time Sony and others get to market their product. I think that this is a excellent marketing tool which is still at its infancy stage. Home is coming along quite nicely.

To me it reminds me of the PS store! Remember??? Everyone complaining about it was weak, nothing avail.. And look at it now, almost 3yrs later.. By that same time Home is going to be the vision that Sony actually had.


+ h0tp00p on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

Awesome… another lame place to go text chat with complete strangers about nothing it all. “So… where are you from?” FAIL!

Why don’t you give us something worth while in Home. How about getting a PSB space? The Blog gives people something to talk about (see, I’m text chatting right now) instead of “So… where are you from?”


+ Pinhead_x on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:19 am said:

@ h0tp00p – I know you’re trying VERY hard.. you can tell from your nickname, but your post? MAJOR FAIL. Stop trying.

EA, that’s major. good work! Home is getting better and better.


+ loadstone007 on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

Great job, love this addition!
Please add more clothes and accessories, and an option to try on a clothing before buying.


+ dsigns209 on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:22 am said:

Very cool, cant wait to play poker. Will the money you earn stay with you or will it reset each time you play? What happens when you lose your money?


+ usjvc on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:24 am said:

I am loving the EA Space, however i have been trying for the past 20min to play a game of F1 EA RACING, but i simply cannot..what exactly should i do? It says that the server is unavailable at the moment and that i should try later.

On a side note, when will the EA space be updated? Will it be weekly or monthly? Thank you.


+ ten3ightyHD on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:25 am said:

Awesome. I’ve been wondering when this was going hit and it just snuck up on us. I hope Home keeps evolving and getting better.


+ KingSmashy on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:26 am said:


In three years I’ll be playing PS4…


+ Trieloth on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:26 am said:

WOW looks cool there EA guys. I know where Iam gonna go after work.
Lmao @hotpoop must be a struggle for you


+ Fusion_ID on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:27 am said:

its nice to see a big update from a 3rd party company who understands Home. As home starts to get more beef on its end, I hope that you guys will push it more for everybody on the blogs knows about these updates but, most PS3 users dont read forums and blog and so they have no clue what they are missing out on


+ Ghost_Shrimp on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am said:

Man I wanted to try this. Too bad my HDD is almost full and I had to delete Home. I need to buy a 500GB.


+ TheGuardianFID on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:33 am said:

WOW, this is a nice surprise I wasn’t expecting this today, Sweet job Locust and Sydonia, your team is on a roll lately, keep it up guys!!! :D


+ Juben on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:35 am said:

so much potential with a Casino, I’m surprised Sony has not picked it up in the sense for online gaming. But the online tax in each country would ruin it over here on NA and SA side.

In Europe i could see people setting up their own personal poker games, having voice chatting and gambling away their psn cash.

Can’t wait to sign on and see how it is. I suggested a casino or card games a while ago. Back with high stacks poker updates. Hope to be able to use ps eye for texas holdem or blackjack see other players and see them twiddle or second guess themselves as they call or fold would be fun


+ Jeo on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:38 am said:

So are there any plans to make home multiplayer from a single console(split screen style)? You could restrict it so that people had to stay in the same area, but still allow people to sign in and play these games together.


+ stephen2005 on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:40 am said:

Kotaku had a story about a Disgaea room coming to Home today. Do you know if that is for the Japanese Home only or is the United States (and other territories for that matter) getting it as well?



+ Thakrib on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

Nice post 22, I totally agree that any of those would be pretty sweet…


+ whooop on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

im in playstion home but i cannot find the EA sports Arena …where do i go???

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    + Locust_Star on April 23rd, 2009 at 12:50 pm said:

    You can access the space via the world map. Press Start to bring up your Menu Pad > Locations> World Map. Then simply scroll down to the EA SPORTS world map chip and press X. Voila!


+ perceptron85 on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

it would be great if people not playing could watch the game. I realize it could be used to cheat using a second machine but how about showing the previous hand which is already done. This gives something for people waiting for table to do.

This is especially useful once we get higher ranked tables and people take more time in making a decision


+ whooop on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

found it wen to world map:)


+ whitwhit on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

hey locust i know street fighter 4 got game launching if im not mistake so is that forshadowing that we can expect a Street fighter 4 space down the pipeline


+ jwj011576 on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:55 am said:

I have been waiting for this time to play some cards


+ chriscowboyd on April 23rd, 2009 at 10:56 am said:

So I guess public space voice chat will never return? If not, when does it come back?

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