EA have issued an official statement regarding ‘EA Gate’, after a series of allegations were made on social media on Wednesday.
The allegations centre around the FIFA 21 Ultimate Team game mode, with screenshots circulating on social media appearing to show that some special cards, including FUT Icon Moments and Team of the Year FUT 21 cards, are being offered in exchange for real-life money.
This has led to a social media movement dubbed ‘EA Gate’, with some referring to the scandal as a ‘Black Market’ within the FIFA 21 Ultimate Team game mode. Within the FUT mode, individual player cards have no monetary value, they are bought instead using virtual FIFA Coins, within the mode’s transfer market system.
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Player cards can also be won by opening packs, the chances of obtaining certain cards differ depending on the pack that’s opened, these packs can be obtained using virtual FIFA Coins or FIFA Points, with the latter able to be bought for real-life currency.
An EA Spokesperson told Mirror Football that an investigation into these allegations is underway, and that swift action will be taken if improper conduct is proven, stating that this type of behaviour is unacceptable.
They have also promised an update for the community in due course.
“We are aware of the allegations currently circulating within our community related to FIFA21 Ultimate Team items,” An EA Spokesperson told Mirror Football.
“A thorough investigation is underway, and if we identify improper conduct, we will take swift action.
“We want to be clear – this type of behaviour is unacceptable, and we in no way condone what is alleged to have happened here.
“We understand how this creates concern about unfair balance in the game and competition. We will update the community as we get more clarity on the situation.”
*FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The next generation version of FIFA 21 is also available now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5.
Fans who jump into FIFA 21 can also benefit from Dual Entitlement, enabling them to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S at no extra cost.
To upgrade your current gen version of FIFA 21 to the next gen version of FIFA 21 (alongside the current gen version) on your PS5, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, you have to log into your next generation console with the platform account associated with your Xbox One or PS4 copy of FIFA 21, and you’ll then will be able to access FIFA 21 next gen through your games library.