Loot Box controversy gained a lot of momentum last year with the games such as Shadow of War and Star Wars Battlefront 2 and some even consider the FIFA ultimate team as gambling, however, according to EA, the Ultimate Team in FIFA is not gambling at all.
During the recent earnings call for the company, EA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Wilson, was asked about the controversy surrounding the loot boxes to which he replied that the company is working closely with regulatory bodies in the game industry and have “evaluated and established that programs like FIFA Ultimate Team are not gambling.”
He further explained that the reason why FIFA ultimate team is not gambling is that players always receive some item which can’t be exchanged for real-world money.
He added that EA’s priority is the players and wants to promote its business practices in a healthy manner that are beneficial to both the company and gamers.
Speaking of FIFA, as the FIFA world cup is getting closer EA has announced that FIFA 18 World Cup DLC will be free for everyone and the DLC will be rolling out on May 29, 2018.
The upcoming FIFA 18 World Cup update or DLC will include stadiums, kits and official team badges that will be present in official FIFA World Cup. Not only that team badges for four teams will also be included that didn’t qualify for the World Cup.
While we see annual releases for FIFA and Madden from EA but, it seems that the studio is considering to switch things up as EA is considering ditching annual FIFA releases in favor of subscription-based model.
According to EA chief Andrew Wilson, EA might drop the yearly release development cycle for titles like FIFA, Madden NHL, and NFL in favor of a game as a service model
FIFA 18 is a soccer simulator game developed by EA Sports for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4