(UPDATE) Madden 20 Online Franchise Mode servers are back after being down for the weekend

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For the second straight day, Madden 20’s Online Franchise League servers remain down as EA attempts to solve an issue from over a week ago.


After working through the weekend, it appears EA has fixed the issue that led to the developer disabling online Franchise Mode.

According to the developer, just a “small number” of online franchise leagues remain offline, but the large majority of player should now be able to log in and play.

EA didn’t elaborate any further, but perhaps we’ll get some sort of official statement on Tuesday that hopefully contains a plan EA will implement to avoid this sort of issue from happening in the future.


EA’s Madden franchise hit an all-time low this weekend when the developer was forced to take down the servers of Madden 20‘s Online Franchise League as the result of an issue stemming from over a week ago.

Connected Franchise Mode players have been well aware of a problem that arose with a pre-Title Update 9 server update, preventing some users from connecting to their leagues. This opened up a whole big can of worms (which you can read more about here), but all that really matters right now is the fact that Madden 20’s CFM servers are down for the second-straight day.

In order to prevent the issue impacting Online Franchise League servers from spreading to the game’s other modes servers, EA gated off the Franchise servers. As a result, all online franchise leagues are temporarily offline and have been all weekend.

In their latest post, EA said that the next status update would come on Tuesday, November 12, which suggested that the issue wouldn’t be fixed until at least next week. But with teams working over the weekend to find a solution, there was a glimmer of hope that the issue could be resolved. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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It looks like players will be unable to access their online franchise leagues until at least Tuesday, though now it’s starting to seem like it could be longer than that. And there’s a growing worry amongst the Madden CFM community that even if the servers are restored, their leagues will be wiped. That would be the ultimate killer, so let’s hope that isn’t the case.

In the meantime, all we can do is wait. Players can still enjoy Offline Franchise or QB1. There’s also Ultimate Team, but typically there’s a sharp divide between the interests of franchise and MUT players.

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If you get really bored, you could always vent over on the Madden subreddit, which is filled with frustrated players complaining about EA’s handling of the situation. As I said before, it’s bad enough that CFM is practically ignored every year as EA pushes its Ultimate Team microtransaction model. This is just icing on the cake. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of people calling out EA for its focus on Ultimate Team.