Earlier this month, officials in Ukraine smashed what appeared to be a cryptocurrency mining operation used thousands of PS4 crypto mining consoles. That doesn’t seem to be the case. According to a new report, consoles (and allegedly stolen electricity) are actually used to farm and sell digital currency and accounts for EA’s FIFA games.
Ukrainian edition of the news Work reported that computers on consoles ran bots to play FIFA and automatically earn in-game currency. Players can use FIFA coins in Ultimate Team (FUT) mode to pick up wanted players in the open market or outdoors controversial FUT packages hoping to unlock deadly add-ons for their units. FUT packets can also be open with real money.
Although buying or selling FIFA coins with real money is against EA policies, this has not stopped the successful black market in digital currency. People sell coins or game bills filled with currency to players who are desperate to make a FUT dream list. One site I checked listed was the PS4 FIFA 21 an account with 5.1 million $ 300 coins – enough to buy
The ways of the ultimate team in EA’s sports games are extremely important to the bottom of the developer. Last year, EA earned $ 1.62 billion Ultimate Team, which accounted for 29 percent of net revenue for the fiscal year. A “significant portion” of that revenue came from FIFA games.
Meanwhile, FUT packages and other loot boxes have extracted surveillance from regulators in recent years. Because players cannot see which footballers will unlock when they buy packages, some authorities have described packages as a form of gambling. Belgium forbidden that type of game mechanic in 2018. This summer, perhaps in an attempt to reject criticism, EA began testing a type of FUT package that allows players to view content.
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