Electronic Arts is halting the sale of its virtual currency FIFA Points in Belgium. The movement effectively ends with the possibility of buying FIFA Ultimate Team card packages, random of game in the country, which the Belgian Commission of the game has ruled out is a form of illegal bets.
EA has spent the last few months challenging a Belgian order to stop selling Ultimate Team equipment in the local game version, and conducted an investigation into the country's prosecutor's office. But this week "after new debates with the Belgian authorities, we have decided to stop offering FIFA points for sale in Belgium," the company wrote in a public message.
"While we are taking this action, we are not in agreement with the interpretation of the law on the part of the Belgian authorities, and we will continue looking for more clarity in this regard as we move forward," the statement goes on.
At a May conference, EA Financial Advisor Andrew Wilson stated that the FIFA Ultimate team was not a form of game "first, because players always receive a specific amount of # 39; items in each package and, secondly, we do not provide or authorize any effective way to go out or sell items or virtual currency for real money. " While this may be true, there are definitely ways to transform FUT cards back into real world cash if you like.
Blizzard, Valve and 2K had already eliminated the looting boxes of the Belgian versions of their games as a result of the decision of the Game Committee.
Belgian players will have until January 31 to store the points of FIFA points before they lose sales in the country. Purchase points will still be usable to purchase Ultimate Team packages in future, and new packages will continue to be gained exclusively through the game.
Although Ultimate Team has been an integral part of FIFA games since 2009, FIFA 19 It was the first time that EA has publicly declared the odds of receiving individual players from any package. This type of probability disclosure has been required for purchases of looting boxes in the game to iOS since the end of 2017.
The loss of the relatively small microtranslation market in Belgium for FIFA he's likely to fall into the EA bucket, who writes "the impact of this change" FIFA Ultimate Team in Belgium it is not material for our financial performance. "But the company could be more concerned about a joint effort of 15 European countries and the state of Washington to analyze a similar regulation of looting boxes at their borders. If the 278 million people in these jurisdictions are restricted to the purchase of loot boxes, they could make a dent in a business worth about $ 1 billion only to EA.