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EA “Closely Monitoring” The Situation Following Rape Allegation Against FIFA 19 Cover Star

FIFA 19 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo is facing rape allegation following the accuser revealing it publically to a German magazine. Following that EA has noted that it is monitoring the situation closely.

In a statement to Eurogamer, EA noted that it is monitoring the situation closely and expect its cover stars and athletes to conduct in the manner that is consistent with the company’s values.

We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.

As reported by Guardian, the allegation against the FIFA 19 cover star was made in 2009 and the case has been re-opened following the accuser revealing it publically.

As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided by the victim. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time.

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FIFA 19 cover star, Cristiano Ronaldo, denied the accusation and noted that “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in”.

Speaking of FIFA, EA is currently under criminal investigation in Belgium following the company refused to comply with Belgium’s gambling law which notes that loot boxes are gambling.

Despite 2K and Activision Blizzard complying with the law, EA refused to remove loot boxes from FIFA 18 and as a result, Belgium started a criminal investigation against EA.

Following that a 15 country joint investigation against video game gambling is currently underway and surprisingly Ireland has noted that loot boxes are not gambling. According to the minister of state at the Department of Justice, the department “does not have a role to regulate game developers on how their games work nor, in the offering of in-game purchases”.

It should be understood, that if a game offers in-game purchases – be they loot boxes, skins, etc. – which are promoted to gamers as increasing their chances of success, such purchases are essentially a commercial or e-commerce activity.

FIFA 19 is a soccer simulator video game developed by EA Sports for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Source: Eurogamer