EA keeps the loot boxes in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team but offers preview packs

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team includes the controversial and long-running loot boxes. EA confirmed this.

EA however will continue to use preview packs it tested towards the end FIFA 21’s life.

EA launched the capability to view what is in FIFA 21 loot box before buying them. This was done under pressure from gambling charities and governments.

The Ultimate Team Preview Packs let you view all of the items inside them before making a purchase with FIFA Points or FUT Coins. FUT Coins are a virtual currency that can be earned by playing. FIFA Points are a virtual currency that can be bought using real money.

The previewed packs will remain in the shop, but you won’t be able to buy them. You can’t preview another type of pack until the timer expires.

One of the most significant changes to Ultimate Team’s history, preview packs represent a major shift in the monetisation of controversial and high-profit mode.

This change was made in response to increasing government pressure about gambling and video game loot box links. EA’s FIFA series, which is being investigated by various groups, focuses on the effects of loot box use, especially on children. Many are calling for legislation changes to classify loot boxes like Ultimate Team packs and Ultimate Team packs as gambling.

EA clearly tested the waters by making these changes to FIFA 21 as a response to scrutiny. Now we know that they will be carried forward into FIFA 22.

FIFA 22 Preview Packs will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X, S, Stadia, and PC – however, they won’t be available for Nintendo Switch.

The premium gold pack, which will include the non-preview edition, will also be made available to preview at launch on a 24-hour refresh. You can also preview the premium silver pack on a 24-hour refresh.

It will be interesting to see if these preview packets go far enough. The UK government has begun to investigate loot box cases to determine if they should be subject to the law. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport conducted a review on loot boxes in December 2019. It also reviewed the Gambling Act 2005 and announced that a public appeal for evidence was being made. Abertay University was commissioned by the government to evaluate the evidence. A report is expected before the year’s end. The government could act in 2022 if this is the case.

EA claims Ultimate Team’s loot box is not gambling. However, the company recently acknowledged in its regulatory financial document that a law change could have a significant impact on the business.

Publited at Thu 16 Sep 2021, 15:14:05 +0000

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