Electronic Arts has once again confirmed that they do not believe that modes like “FIFA Ultimate Team” should be considered as a game of chance. This also applies to the Lootboxen in general.
After the “Star Wars Battlefront 2” triggered controversy surrounding microtransactions, not only had Electronic Arts responded. In politics, too, conclusions have been drawn in various countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, and some forms of loot boxes are considered to be a game of chance. That’s why you’ve come into contact with the publishers to initiate changes.
Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, spoke to investors and analysts about the future course of the current financial conference, as “FIFA 18 Ultimate Team” was also considered a piece of gambling by some countries. Wilson has been working with authorities and industry associations around the world for a long time, so the collaboration made it clear that “FIFA Ultimate Team” was not gambling. Neither “FIFA Ultimate Team” nor Lootboxing in general can be described as gambling, according to Wilson.
The number of contents in the respective packs is always the same, with no authorized possibility to exchange the contents for real money. Therefore, the contents are not associated with a real equivalent. However, the content on some platforms is offered illegally for real money, which is why Electronic Arts, in cooperation with the authorities, wants to combat this trade. Electronic Arts wants to continue to look ahead and always think of gamers by offering the right features in a “transparent, fun, fair and balanced manner”.