EA tackling online quitters in FIFA 11

EA have said that the team working on FIFA 11 are looking at ways to punish online game-quitters. Can we suggest instant, painful death please?

The problem of game-quitting has plagued the FIFA series ever since the introduction of competitive online play. An attempt to avoid a loss appearing in the quitter’s stats, it’s one of gaming’s most infuriating issues. But, thankfully, EA are now working on a solution.

Simon Humbler, line producer on FIFA World Cup 2010, told Eurogamer that FIFA 11 will punish quitters while rewarding those that complete their games. Unfortunately, the precise nature of these rewards and punishments is unclear.

“It’s a complex problem. We do have the five-minute rule: if you find your connection’s poor you can drop out within the first five minutes,” said Humbler.

“After that there should be a penalty; just in the online world there are complexities that mean by the time the data comes back to our servers, something there means it doesn’t award the win to the right person. So we’re always looking to improve that.”

Again, can we suggest instant, painful death please? Really painful. And bloody. Thanks.