EA to Remove Controversial Madden 23 Celebration After Real-Life CPR Incident – The removal of the CPR touchdown celebration in Madden 23 has been confirmed by EA. A week after Damar Hamlin needed to be revived and sent to a nearby hospital after having a cardiac collapse during a game, the company released a statement and eventually took action.
In a brief statement to CBS Sports, EA informed Madden gamers of its plans to eliminate the celebration from the game (thanks, VGC). A representative for the studio said that “EA Sports is taking efforts to remove the celebration from Madden NFL 23 via an update in the coming days.” That should mean that by the end of the week, the celebration will be removed from the game, preventing its inappropriate use.
In one of the Bills’ games against the Cincinnati Bengals a little over a week ago, Hamlin slumped on the field after colliding with an opponent. The game was delayed and has subsequently been cancelled after Hamlin received CPR and was rushed to the hospital. This naturally creates problems when it comes to choosing the NFL playoff teams, but owners have come to an agreement and chosen a different strategy going future.
The celebration is rather widespread, as you’ve probably already figured since Madden 23 allows for its use. The likelihood is that after it is taken down in the upcoming days, it won’t be used in the actual game again. Just one week after CPR was used on Hamlin to figuratively bring him back from the dead, Pittsburgh Steelers players are facing criticism for performing it during a real game this past weekend.
Over the holidays, Madden made news in the video game industry for a different reason. On December 28, the game’s servers were out, and when they came back up, many players found that their franchise cloud saves had vanished. A few days later, EA disclosed that just 40% of those saves could be recovered, necessitating the necessity for players to relaunch their Madden careers.
Controversial Madden 23 Celebration FAQS
Q: Why is EA removing the CPR touchdown celebration from Madden 23?
A: The CPR touchdown celebration is being removed from Madden 23 due to a real-life incident where a player, Damar Hamlin, suffered a cardiac arrest during a game and needed to be resuscitated. EA has stated that they are taking steps to remove the celebration from the game via an update in the coming days.
Q: What impact did Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest have on the NFL playoffs?
A: Hamlin's cardiac arrest resulted in the game being postponed and subsequently canceled. This caused issues when it comes to deciding the upcoming NFL playoffs, but owners have come together and approved an alternative plan moving forward.
Q: Has the CPR celebration been used in real-life games?
A: Yes, Pittsburgh Steelers players have been using the celebration during actual games just a week after CPR was performed on Damar Hamlin to revive him, which has drawn criticism.
Q: What was the other issue that Madden was in the headlines for?
A: The game's servers went down on December 28, and when they came back online, a number of players discovered that their franchise cloud saves had disappeared. A few days later, EA revealed only 40 percent of those saves could be retrieved, meaning players have since needed to start their Madden careers from scratch.