Gaming company Electronic Arts is committed to sending players into FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) mode. In this game mode, players can spend real money to buy loot boxes. These loot boxes contain soccer players for soccer team. The content of loot box is not known previously, which may lead to gambling.
The focus on loot boxes is evident from leaked internal documents that have reached Canadians CBC News. It states, among other things, that “FUT is the cornerstone and we’re doing our best to get players out there.” Elsewhere it says EA wants to use teasers and messages to lead players from other modes to FUT. Elsewhere, the currency in the game is called “coin grinding”.
Electronic Arts vs CBC argue that the documents are rendered without context. According to the company, the document explanations were “misleading”.
Loot boxes have been on fire for years
Lootboxes have been under a magnifying glass for years. Legislators and regulators consider loot boxes to be a form of gambling offered to minors. In October 2020, he will have the Netherlands Games Authority The penalty imposed To Essam.
Under this penalty, EA had to pay a total of € 500,000 per week, as long as it left FIFA loot boxes in the Netherlands, up to a maximum of € 10 million. EA appealed this ruling, a Primary Relief Judge read out in February of this year a certain This penalty will be suspended until the appeal is submitted.