The sports game, FIFA 21 has a new tool. It was designed by EA to allow players to control the time and money spent in the game, especially in Ultimate Team. They utilize microtransactions, but have employed them in a Smyths toys catalog to much criticism.
Loot boxes and paid microtransactions are a big “no no” these days. Belgium and the Netherlands have already ruled that the FIFA series breaks gambling laws by selling these boxes in Ultimate Team. Fines could run into millions.
Canada and the UK are also investigating the use of loot boxes in video games, such that developers and publishers obliged to rethink their implementation.
FIFA 21’s new tools feature Playtime to limit practically every function in the game such as buying FIFA Points and opening FUT Packs. It is akin to the controls online casinos allow users to put in place to control spending.
Of note, EA recently announced that the next-gen versions of popular titles like FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 launch later this year, in December. Although the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are available internationally, players will have to wait for the enhanced editions. The updated versions will include graphics and performance improvements; they and will be free upgrades to current owners.
Meanwhile EA is facing legal problems over the loot boxes in Ultimate Team mode. The control tools are certainly a step in the right direction. It will have to do more to halt regulators from taking action.