New strict measures have been announced by EA Sports to prevent further FIFA Ultimate Team scams.
In an open letter addressed to the community, the studio stated that new policies and steps are going to be taken soon which will “show cheaters the red card”.
Currently the game is plagued with bot users who are left to farm Ultimate Team coins, and those who buy or sell coins using third-party websites. The in-game currency is earned by playing matches and trading players. However, players have opted for ‘other’ much faster but illegal means of obtaining them.
“The FIFA Ultimate Team infrastructure is designed to provide an optimal experience with human parameters in mind,” the letter reads. “However, our data shows that these bots generate four times as many Transfer Market searches than all human FUT players combined. This severely impacts the game and your playing experience on a daily basis.
“The use of bots and third-party bot services to automatically buy Transfer Market items in order to gain an unfair advantage is a form of cheating. Gamers detected using bots, third-party bot services, or scripts for any purpose will be subject to our ban process.”
According to EA Sports, players found to be buying or promoting will be punished with a three-step process:
- Step 1 (Warning) – Warning email and in-game message.
- Step 2 (Yellow Card) – Reset of FIFA Ultimate Team club and FIFA Points returned
- Step 3 (Red Card) – Permanent ban from FIFA online
Meanwhile, players found to be selling coins, or using bots to farm coins, will be subject so a simple one-step process:
- Step 1 (Straight Red) – Permanent online ban for all EA games
Already “hundreds of thousands of FIFA accounts” have been banned since February of this year and looks like another major ban wave will be approaching soon.