Madden 22 Community File Error (Unable to Download) on PS4 or PS5 Issue

New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published December 31, 2021) follows:

Madden is the hit saga of American football video games from Electronic Arts. The latest installment in the franchise is Madden NFL 22, available since August.

These games offer many options to players. Along with basic content, it also allows users to share their own custom lists through the Community File option.

The aforementioned lists can be downloaded by other players. But, it seems that this feature is not working properly for many (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

Madden NFL 22 Community File error on PS4 and PS5

According to multiple reports, Madden 22 players on PS4 and PS5 are facing numerous issues when trying to download community files. All they get is an error related to the internet connection (servers not responding).

So I just got pissed off 22 and am trying to download one of the all rookie team rosters to start my franchise but every time I go to download the roster Madden won’t let me access the community files screen saying internet connection lost or it lets me in but gives me the error occurred while downloading file screen and i tried restarting my internet several times

Note that the connection error only affects this particular section (community files). Madden NFL 22’s other game modes are working properly.

I just got Madden 22 because I just got a PS5. I play franchise mode and hate the auto-generated recruit class. I always play with the real downloaded draft classes. When I go to upload the class project it says I cannot connect to the server to contact EA help – unable to connect. I can play all other game modes so I don’t understand where the problem is, I can’t access the community files to download the 2023 draft class.

EA is aware, issue under investigation

Fortunately, EA is already aware of the bug that Madden NFL 22 players are suffering from. At this time, the matter is being investigated, but there is still no ETA for a fix.

Hello, thank you for taking the time to contact us about Madden. Sorry to hear you are having issues with the game. This is something the team is aware of and is investigating reported issues on the backend. For now, we ask players to keep an eye on the official @EAHelp and @MaddenNFLDirect channels for more updates.

If there is any new development related to this case in the next few days, we will update this article. So stay tuned with us.

Update 1 (January 4)

3:35 p.m. (IST): One of the community managers asked those affected to share the following details to share with the affected team:

Hi all.

If you’re still having trouble with this in-game, we’ll need these details for the team:

Gamertag/PSN ID/Original ID
Platform you play on
file type and author you are trying to download
Can you upload other files?
What error are you getting
When was the last time you tried to download a file? (Date + Time)
Your help is greatly appreciated. We will forward this to the team for investigation as soon as possible.

Additionally, they also shared a potential workaround. Here is what they say:

It’s not guaranteed, but I’ve seen some success with others on Xbox who have tried it. You will lose local and online saves if you choose to delete both (you will not lose MUT progress, which is saved on our servers).

Clear saved game data:

Open the Settings menu at the top of the Dash.
Select Storage, then select System Storage.
Select Saved Data.
Choose a game to access saved game data.
Press the Options button and select Delete.

Update 2 (January 5)

3:54 p.m. (IST): In response to the community manager’s request for information, some noted (1, 2) that they are not even able to access the community files page, let alone not able to upload a particular file type/author.

EA has yet to provide any additional information on when we can expect a fix for the issue.

Update 3 (January 6)

4:43 p.m. (IST): An EA Community Manager shared a summary of the ongoing investigations and the ongoing issue in an effort to provide more clarity on the matter:

– The Madden team are aware of this and are investigating
– This has been a problem in the past. Some players can access the Madden Share section by trying several times, but it may not be 100% reliable.
– Some players may enter after deleting saved game data (offline progress will be lost)
– Some players were able to access the section via a mobile hotspot or via an alternative connection (WiFi/wired)
– We will update this thread when we receive new information on the status of this issue. Thank you for your patience. (Source)

Update 4 (January 7)

5:21 p.m. (IST): Responding to a player’s query regarding the community files not downloading error, EA Help said they are currently working on it. However, no ETA has been provided as to when it will be fixed.

Update 4 (January 10)

4:18 p.m. (IST): A community manager who recognized this problem said that this issue with the community files error doesn’t seem to be fixed any time soon. But the team will update on this issue as soon as possible.


Update 5 (January 11)

10:51 a.m. (IST): A community manager on the EA forums updated the status and said he now has enough information he needs to fix this bug.

Additionally, he stated that the issue will be resolved in the near future, but did not provide any expected arrival time for a fix.

Thanks for the sample accounts, we’re good on those now as the team is confident they have what they need to help push out a fix in the near future. Thank you for your patience! (Source)

Update 6 (January 12)

11:10 a.m. (IST): Someone who is annoyed by the Madden 22 community file error has filed a petition for EA to fix the problem.

However, this is highly unlikely to allow EA to fix this issue any faster. But still, it might be worth signing up anyway.

Update 7 (January 13)

12:45 p.m. (IST): In response to a user’s complaint, an EA community manager claimed that contacting an EA advisor over the phone would do little to resolve the issue.

They also claimed that there is still no ETA for the patch.

If you would like to speak to an EA Advisor over the phone, please create a case on our support site. However, this cannot be solved by an advisor. The workaround steps I’ve provided have helped some players in the past, but unfortunately it’s not guaranteed. We have reported this issue to the team and they are following it up for a fix. No exact date has been confirmed on a patch. (Source)

Update 8 (January 14)

4:45 p.m. (IST): Many users tried to fix the issue by performing various troubleshooting steps. Unfortunately, there is no workaround to the problem as the problem is on EA’s side as one individual pointed out.

It’s not you, it’s them. They have to turn it back on, I mean fix it. (Source)

It is therefore in the hands of EA to solve the problem.

Update 9 (January 15)

2:31 p.m. (IST): There’s still no good news for Madden 22 players as a community manager has confirmed that the issue hasn’t been fixed via the latest title update.

Hi, Madden community.

This was not addressed in today’s title update. The team is fully aware of the impact this has on franchises or those looking to use the files for other purposes. This was a statement made today by the Madden NFL team.

In December, we reiterated our commitment to continue improving the franchise as part of our Madden NFL 22 live service and beyond. This includes two upcoming franchise updates that we will be releasing in Madden NFL 22. We will have more details on these updates in an upcoming Gridiron Notes, thank you! (Source)

Update 10 (January 17)

1:53 p.m. (IST): A community manager assured players that they had reported this issue to the team and due to the holidays it could not be incorporated into the update. Also, it should be resolved soon.

Update 11 (January 18)

1:53 p.m. (IST): EA Support is apparently sharing an update on the situation regarding the Community Files issue with users on Twitter via DM. It’s not immediately clear what information is being shared via the status update.

Hello, thank you for contacting me and I’m sorry to hear about your problem uploading community files on Madden 22 and I’d be happy to share an update on this if you could DM me here, please (Source)

Update 12 (January 19)

10:19 a.m. (IST): Some players are now saying (1, 2) that they can upload to the community server, but they can’t access the files. So now it looks like one end of the server is working and hopefully EA’s full patch is coming soon.

Update 13 (January 20)

11:05 a.m. (IST): It’s now been a month since the community files issue first surfaced, but EA has yet to share an ETA for a fix.

In fact, the EA Community Forums thread now has over 60 pages with reports and complaints from unhappy players, making this one of the biggest and most discussed issues in the game, like pointed out one individual.

It is truly breathtaking. 60 complete pages. There is no other thread on any of the other crazy forum sections with even half as much. It’s clearly and clearly the biggest problem in the community right now and they’re just spitting on us trotting the lying blueberry to give a vomited word about ‘raising it to the team’ and people being out with covid ( such an excuse ) (Source)

Update 14 (January 21)

11:29 a.m. (IST): A community manager on the EA forum stated that this issue is unlikely to be resolved until this weekend and there is no ETA from the team on this.


Update 15 (January 22)

12:43 p.m. (IST): A community manager has now confirmed that workarounds that previously worked to resolve this error will no longer work. Additionally, the team is also unable to provide an ETA for a patch.

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