FIFA’s community has been shocked by allegations which have emerged recently. According to the anonymous claims, some EA employees provide high tier player cards in Ultimate Team mode in exchange for real money. On March 11, Electronic Arts published a statement saying an investigation is underway.
Ultimate Team is one of the most played game modes in sports gaming. In the mode, users build a squad which contains different player cards. Normally, player cards can be obtained through player’s pack or the mode’s in-game market, but they have never been sold for real money since the beginning of FIFA.
However, latest allegations revealed that some EA employees have been selling the strongest player cards of the game secretly in exchange for real money. On March 10, FIFA content creator Nick28T shared four screenshots on his Twitter which displayed the conversation between an EA employee and a customer. In screenshots, the dealer determined the price for 3 Icon Moments and 2 Team of the Year cards as €1,700.
Electronic Arts has been having trouble with certain countries’ courts due to the chance and gambling effect of Ultimate Team. In most of the courts, the company emphasized selling individual items to an individual player is impossible, but the allegations claim the opposite.
After growing speculations and rumors, EA made an announcement on March 11. “We are aware of the allegations currently circulating within our community related to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team items,” the company said. “This type of behavior is unacceptable, and we in no way condone what is alleged to have happened here. We will update the community as we get more clarity on the situation.”
We’ll see how the situation will end in the future and how it’ll affect EA’s fight against courts of law.