The U.S.' Potential Loot Box Ban Could be the End of FIFA as We Know It

Luke explores just how much EA will have to change Ultimate Team's model if the bill passes, and why it should change even if it doesn't.

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Brave_Losers_Unite737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

And hopefully Fifa can go to a legitimate developer. EA is a cancer. They havent done anything good for gaming the last few years.

georeo737d ago

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Kostche736d ago

to be honest its not just EA, its the people that buy it, they are worse that EA in my books

quent736d ago

Decade actually, go back and look at what was added, improved or removed with every itiration of annual EA releases in the quests to sell you more fragmented content for more of you're money

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SheenuTheLegend737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

this looks like a dream article that i am reading. hope it becomes a reality soon.
MT's almost fu**ed gaming.
and i also do hope a ban on multiplayer behind a paywall. that price of multiplayer is already included in the price you pay for the game.
If it is that costly, how are f2p games handling that lol.

quent736d ago

It's in a word a dream unfortunately, there's just too much money involed

NeoGamer232736d ago

Even if a loot box ban became law, it is unlikely that it could hold up in courts very long.

There is no difference between loot boxes and sport or card games like (Magic The Gathering). If you ban loot boxes you would have to ban them as well to succeed in court.

frostypants736d ago (Edited 736d ago )

That analogy only works if there is an easy means of trading/selling the loot items on a fully open marketplace. "Walled gardens" don't count either.

Tross736d ago (Edited 736d ago )

Except physical Magic cards have resale value (mostly minute but it’s still there), and you don’t have to pay to play the game. You just need the cards. Even with the digital game, you aren’t paying $60 just to be able to play it. Also, genre wise, selling physical or digital cards makes way more sense than that kind of transaction in a FPS or in this case, a soccer game.

People are opposed to loot boxes because they’re already paying to play EA games and they’re shoved into games where it doesn’t make sense. Paying to play a game should entitle someone to all its contents unless legit DLC is added later, and then paying for that should mean access to all that content.

Imalwaysright736d ago (Edited 736d ago )

I'm not familiar with magic the gathering but does it use monetization practices similar to the ones described in this video?

quent736d ago (Edited 736d ago )

are there any age restrictions on trading cards ? , also do the cards I buy vanish into thin air on a yearly basis ?

Dragonopolis736d ago

Magic the gathering the card game is more like comic books and graphic art sales than loot boxes. Magic the gathering the Company does not make any money of card trades and resale only in the initial sale.

There is no favoritism like in lootboxes esp ones who pay money. In magic gathering the card game you are buying an unknown deck but everyone has that disadvantage. If you buy resale cards knowing what they are you are gaining an advantage but the company isn't directly making a profit and is not in control of resales cards

The whole purpose of lootboxes is to steer players to the games store front. I doubt EA would continue with lootboxes if they weren't going to make money

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Nu736d ago

I'd like for the football association to stop giving these predatory companies license for these type of games. Disney could end EAs hold of the Star Wars licence

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XiNatsuDragnel737d ago

Please ban lootboxes because game companies aren't self-banning the practice

harmny737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

Don't worry. Nobody plays FIFA in the US. They won't care

KyRo737d ago

And that's the problem. Now if Europe and the UK banned them, that would put a massive spanner in the works for EA but hopefully if the US ban them, it might make other places sit up and wake up. At least that's what I hope for lol.

I don't even play FUT but that is easily thr biggest scam in gaming but casuals lap it up, just for it to be irrelevant a year later.

AnubisG736d ago

You know that the UK is part of Europe right?

It's like saying, Canada and North America banned them....

indysurfn736d ago (Edited 736d ago )

I get your point about it not being popular in the US but as the article points out it is not just FIFA.

QUOTE:" it’s also available in the MADDEN NFL and NHL series"
But even in 2012 (as the article pointed out it had 2.6 million people play it) Plus it has grown since then.

Plus once they get it banned in sports it should be VERY easy to ban in all other games. Because all they have to do is set a presidence.

Imalwaysright736d ago (Edited 736d ago )

Fifa 19 didn't sell that badly in the USA but if this bill passes it will have an impact on every single EA game.

DaveZero736d ago

are you daft.
Tons of Americans play fifa 19.

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Sono421736d ago

Honestly it's the consumer's fault more than it is the game companies, if these less than intelligent people would just stop buying them, they wouldn't keep trying to force them into every game, but nope these mindless people keep buying them, so why not lock some stuff behind a lootbox, all it takes is developing the box model and some super over the top flashy opening and chime when you get an EPIC item, and then make 10x the profit. To these companies it's a no brainer, and ironically they profit off of people with no brain.

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ZeekQuattro737d ago (Edited 737d ago )

It will be a severe blow to EA if it passes. Most of the money they make comes from FIFA and its microtransactions.

AK91737d ago

Good Lootboxes and microtransactions need to go, FIFA was already a successful franchise before them.

badz149736d ago

No thanks to FUT, FIFA is trash now