The EA Sports Complex now available in Home

The EA Sports Complex is now available inside PlayStation Home. It’s a space where you and your buddies can kick back and virtually relax while being exposed to all sorts of absolutely wonderful EA Sports content like trailers and videos for upcoming and already available games.

Oh — you can also play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker in there. Yep, the sports complex has debuted with a “tournament-style” poker game (with updates like bracelets and leaderboards coming in the future.) Poker sounds funny, sure, but Wikipedia has assured us that it is a sport. Plus, we have our own evidence. Dudes sweat before the blind. So take that, poker-isn’t-a-sport crowd.

You could also play some kind of mini-race car game called EA Sports Racing. It sounds thrilling. Almost as thrilling as the upcoming golf game (EA Sports Golf) that will added to the space “soon.”  

Anyway, you can view some screens of the EA’s new space in the gallery below. You could also turn on your PlayStation 3 and check it out for yourself. If you’re too lazy, or don’t feel like waiting four years to go through the updates you’ve missed, feel free to read the beautifully word press release after the break. It paints a lovely picture. (Not really.)

EA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF EA SPORTS COMPLEX

Interactive Social Arena for All Things EA SPORTS
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 23, 2009 Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that EA SPORTS™ Complex launched on PlayStation®Home for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the 3D social gaming community that allows users to interact communicate and share gaming experiences online. This newly created EA SPORTS space offers users a place to to play a variety of unique casual multiplayer games with friends in PlayStation Home, as well as view exclusive game trailers and videos, to learn more about their favorite EA SPORTS games. At launch, EA SPORTS Complex will feature a tournament-style Texas Hold ‘Em Poker game and EA SPORTS Racing featuring formula-style cars.

“We are extremely proud of the compelling and immersive online offerings that are available at launch for EA SPORTS Complex,” said Rob Burnett, senior producer. “EA SPORTS Complex is a dynamic space and was specifically designed to appeal to not only the hardcore sports fan but casual gamers alike.”

Gamers can challenge up to eight of their friends in a tournament-style Texas Hold ‘Em Poker game and play their way up to a seat at the high roller table. In addition to high-stakes poker, players can get behind the wheel in EA SPORTS Racing and compete for the best time or against their friends in exclusive formula-style cars. Coming soon is EA SPORTS Golf where gamers can hit the driving range and test their stick skills. In addition to the golf game, EA SPORTS Complex will be delivering further features such as, leaderboards, poker bracelets and a rewards system in the near future. Moreover, starting today EA SPORTS Complex will be available in North America and Europe. Future rollout of the space to other territories and in other languages will be coming soon.

Alongside these fun and casual games, EA SPORTS Complex will also host game trailers showcasing the newest EA SPORTS titles and in-depth product feature lists. EA SPORTS Complex is truly an interactive space as players can chat and share experiences with one another and earn game-specific achievement rewards. As this dynamic arena grows there will be additional games and franchise-specific environments developed to provide a fresh and new experience.

Media can find screenshots and a video for EA SPORTS Complex on www.info.ea.com.

EA SPORTS™ is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.

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