I’m sure many of us Madden Mobile veterans are tired of the force closing issue but it seems to keep coming back, and like an old piece of gum, can’t spit it out even though it’s lost all flavor.
I just left a league because of force closing. I liked the league. We were top 200 and moving up. I got Rice from it. Smith and Hester weren’t far. It was competitive but not cut throat. Overall, “NIGHTMARE on Madden” is a good league.
But some of the players started advocating force closing and the commissioner allowed it. You can see the exchange below.
I’m not Captain Ethics, but any kind of cheating — doesn’t matter if it’s a mobile F2P or Enron – it’s lame and I refuse to be part of it.
What is Force Closing?
Force closing (AKA forceclosing, forclosing or foreclosing), is closing the Madden Mobile app to prevent a negative outcome. For example, you throw an interception and to prevent a pick 6, you shut down the app. When you restart, it’s like that pick never happened and you get a free re-do.
I’ve never actually tried it so I don’t know all the techniques, and don’t care to learn. Electronic Arts (EA) made some improvements between Madden Mobile 15 and 16 to reduce force closing, but EA apparently can’t eliminate it completely.
But just because it’s technically possible, it does not mean it’s okay to do it. You can drive through a red light, but you shouldn’t do it. You can talk trash during league tournaments, but there’s a line you shouldn’t cross.
Is Force Closing Cheating?
Yes, yes, and yes. Force closing IS cheating. Period.
In Head-to-Head (H2H) and Tournament play…definitely. You are preventing the opponent from scoring extra points.
Is it okay to Force Close during Season games and Live Events?
No, it’s not!
Some have said it’s okay to force close during Domination. I know the Domination Live Event is a pain in the rear, and at 10 stamina, very expensive. But to force close in a live event is CHEATING. There are many players who got Domination Gronk without cheating. The reward for playing the live event, without cheating, is a Gronkowski special card rated 99 – an end-card Tight End, if you will. Why would it be fair to play an opponent who got 99 Gronk by cheating?
How do you recognize force closers?
Look at the film after a H2H or Tournament game. If you see a simple, “Turnover,” without a play and yardage, then they force closed after throwing a pick or fumbling. If it simply says, “No Play,” then they force closed before a turnover.
Here’s a recent H2H game. The opponent, d1bound.dev24, clearly force closed on his 4th drive. I eventually won this game 6-3, but it should have been 12-3 going into his 6th drive. In other words, up by 9 points, his 6th drive wouldn’t have mattered. But because he force closed, it game him an opportunity to beat me.
This opponent force closed on his 4th drive to prevent a pick 6.
I should have won this game 12-3, but because he force closed, I could have lost 10-6.
You might sometimes see the above after a Network Timeout (NTO), but if it recurs in file, it’s probably a force closer.
I won’t force close, but should I care that others do?
I’m currently ranked #75 overall on the H2H leaderboards (gamequiche). I might be higher, though, if it weren’t for force closers. That annoys me and I’m not going to be part of a league that condones it.
Madden Mobile is the best F2P, and I plan on playing it every year. But if cheaters dominate, then it’s time to look elsewhere.
So, all you honest Madden Mobile players out there: DO NOT tolerate force closers!!!