EA Sports is once again under fire for FIFA “loot boxes” following a leaked internal document that the company has attempted to run players in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) game mode.
A 54 page document Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Called the FUT Game Mode – which encourages users to spend money on so-called loot cans to help improve their football team – the cornerstone of the classic football franchise.
“We are doing everything we can to run the players,” the company said within the document published on Monday. The document, which was produced until the launch of FIFA 21, stated that FUT mode had more than 3 million daily active users as of last July, more than half of the 5.3 million people playing the game in any form each day. , That time.
“Players will be actively miffed and encouraged to change over the summer,” the document states. Another section of the document “All roads lead to FUT” begins.
Loot boxes have been heavily criticized in recent times by gamers and governments alike, with many observers comparing their existence to gambling because users do not always know what they will get for their money. Often referred to as the ‘Game of Chance’, it can be a gateway to gambling among young gamers.
Ironically, last year was created at about the same time as the EA Sports document, the UK’s House of Lords ruled that loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws. A uk teen Told the BBC He will blow £ 3,000 on them.
A report from the House of Lords Gambling Commission reads, “If a product looks like gambling and feels like gambling, it should be regulated as gambling.” “The government should take immediate action to bring the cases of loot during the revision of gambling law and regulation,” he said.
An EA spokesman told CBC that the leak was a confidential document and said the information was presented without context.
“All EA games can be played without spending on in-game items and most players do not spend,” the company spokesman said in a statement. Reliable review Has emailed Electronic Arts seeking further clarification on the matter.