Despite controversy, FIFA 23 confirms that Ultimate Team loot boxes will be returned

Despite controversy, FIFA 23 confirms that Ultimate Team loot boxes will be returned ...

FIFA 23 will continue to include loot boxes and micro-transactions in its Ultimate Team mode, according to the publication.

The mode allows players to recruit famous footballers to their virtual teams as if they were trading cards, as the footballers are randomly chosen from packs, with better players having a lower chance of appearing in the game. The latter earns hundreds of millions of dollars for publisher EA every year.

Several European countries are planning to follow Belgium's lead and prohibit loot boxes and micro-transactions, or at least prohibit them more heavily, because to "significant implementation difficulties." A previous research from the United Kingdom found a connection between these systems and gambling, mental health, and finances.

EA has issued a statement (via Eurogamer) announcing its intention to continue with Ultimate Team as it is.

Ultimate Team and FUT Packs, which have been a part of the game for more than a decade, are a part of FIFA that players love, and the game reflects the real-world fun and strategy of forming and managing a squad.

"Giving players the freedom to spend when they want to is fair. We do not encourage spending more than earning rewards through game play." FUT Packs work in the same way whether they are paid for or earned. Most players spend in the game at all.

EA's assertion that only 10% of FUT Packs were purchased with real money, compared to making hundreds of millions a year, is linked to reports about 'whales' individuals who become hooked on micro-transactions and spend hundreds, if not thousands on them.

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