Two lawsuits have been filed against EA Sports over the game mode 'Ultimate Team' from the popular FIFA series.
Two Parisian lawyers, Karim Morand-Lahouazi and Victor Zagury, are taking on the company as they believe the game mode should be classified as gambling.
As reported by L'Equipe, per GFFN, the duo are arguing that players have to spend real money and gamble on the players won from packs in order to succeed at the game.
Zagury said: "In this game, everyone wants to have a dream team to go as far as possible. My client spent €600 in five months without ever getting a big player.
"The developers of this game mode have created an illusionary and particularly addictive system. The more you pay, the more you have the possibility of getting big players. We believe that a gambling game has been integrated into this video game because buying packs is nothing more than a bet.
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"It is the logic of a casino that has entered their homes. Today, an 11 or 12-year-old teenager can, without any restriction, play FUT and commit money because there is no parental control system in this mode. Belgium and the Netherlands have already taken up this issue.”
It seems quite remarkable that a lawsuit of this nature has not been filed until now.
There have been numerous tales of players getting caught up in Ultimate Team, spending real-life money to the point of entering serious debt.
A 32-year-old chauffeur, Mamadou, spoke to L’Équipe about his addiction to Ultimate Team and it is certainly eye-opening.
He said: “You quickly become addicted to this game… whenever I buy a pack, I tell myself that this is the last time, but I always do it again. You get so frustrated when you don’t get good enough players that you buy again and again.”
Mamadou says he has spent €600 on packs since the game's release in September and the best player he is packed is Napoli defender, Kostas Manolas.
"I didn’t even know him! Put so much money in just to get Manolas. People I know have put in €2,000 or €3,000 it’s crazy. The amount I have spent has made me fall behind on my rent payments.”
Something needs to be done and these two lawsuits could change the way Ultimate Team operates going forward.
It could also have a huge impact on the litany of FIFA streamers who rely so heavily on opening packs.News Now - Sport News