FIFA 19 in-game message warns FUT players against coin distribution

Sep 21,2018

FIFA 19's Ultimate Team mode starts with a couple of in-game messages, one of which is a stark warning against coin distribution.

EA Sports' battle against third-party FUT coin sellers is long-running and well-documented. As I reported last year, you'll find a huge number of those websites, which let you obtain FUT packs and coins, and sell your coins as well as accounts. In quick, the FIFA Ultimate Team black market is enormous, despite EA's attempt to combat it over the years.


Now, FUT fans with early access to FIFA 19 had been greeted by an in-game message about coin distribution. FUT's in-game auction home is for transferring players "at a fair marketplace value", the message reads. Any other use is considered coin distribution - and EA may well ban you in the game for it.

The warning goes on to list examples of coin distribution. It mentions getting or promoting FUT coins, giving or receiving FUT coins from a different player or transferring FUT coins in between accounts.

Even though the situation of coin distribution is absolutely nothing new this year, it really is of renewed importance inside the context of ongoing government action more than loot boxes in video games. Some nations, which include Belgium, now look at loot boxes to become a kind of gambling and have demanded modifications.

One of several determining aspects would be the capability to "cash out" in-game things for genuine globe money. EA has so far refused to transform the way FIFA works in Belgium, insisting loot boxes - and inside the case of FIFA, FUT card packs - are not gambling. "We don't believe that FIFA Ultimate Team or loot boxes are gambling," EA boss Andrew Wilson said in an earnings call in Could.