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Why the Auction House was Closed in Madden 22?

Madden 22 players are feeling frustrated after EA locked the Auction House in order to "investigate an issue."
Madden 22 players are feeling frustrated after EA locked the Auction House in order to "investigate an issue." / EA Sports

Madden 22 players are feeling frustrated after EA locked the Auction House in order to "investigate an issue."

The issue happened to be a glitch that allowed players to redeem level-up rewards repeatedly. Not all accounts were able to prompt it, but players across all platforms were affected. Madden 22 allegedly continued to show a challenge complete and reward players with packs and experience—allowing them to hit max level within three hours or less.

As YouTube creator GutFoxx said, it's something of a "monkey's paw" situation. Players want their upgrades, but this could have unfortunate consequences for the affected accounts. One player was even banned during a live stream for performing the bug.

Auction House Closed in Madden 22

EA's Madden Ultimate Team developer shut down the Auction House around 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. An announcement tweet was fired off from the @MaddenNFLDirect support Twitter account explaining the situation to players.

Later, the account posted again, continuing the thread with a link to the official Madden 22 forums as the situation developed. There were six updates total on Twitter with the two most important recorded on the post at 3:30 and 4:40 p.m. ET.

"An issue with the rewards system has resulted in some accounts being temporary locked out of Madden Ultimate Team," the forum post read, "These accounts will be temporarily unable to access Ultimate Team as the team works to address these impacted players."

Following a few hours of downtime, EA unlocked the Auction House for "the majority of impacted accounts" around 3:30 p.m. ET. However, as of 4:40 p.m. ET, a small portion of accounts remain under review. According to the forum post, the team will continue to investigate these accounts through to next week.

"The Madden Team will continue to review a small number of accounts impacted by this issue over the weekend and going into next week." The post read.

This situation is still developing.