EA Sports delivered a treat this season by introducing The Journey to FIFA 17.
In the game mode, users take over the role of Alex Hunter, a promising talent looking to become football’s next big star.
The Journey even features cameo appearances from Harry Kane, James Rodriguez, Angel di Maria and Marco Reus in exciting cut scenes.
In order to add some extra realism to the game mode, EA Sports thought it would be wise to include tweets from journalists and fans, reacting to Alex Hunter’s progress and various other talking points.
It’s interesting to read the thoughts of Alan Shearer - even if they are fake - after each performance.
Shearer presumably gave EA Sports permission to use his Twitter handle in their game, but the games developer made one big mistake by actually including the social media account of someone they probably thought didn’t even exist.
Calvin Wong, who owns the Twitter tag @calwong, has expressed his thoughts to EA Sports after discovering that his account was included in The Journey.
Naturally, he wasn’t pleased, sending a series of tweets.
It’s a big blunder on EA’s part not to take into consideration that the profiles they thought were fake could in fact be genuine.
They have since removed Calvin Wong’s account from the game but the damage has, unfortunately, already been done. According to Calvin, he has received threats and racial abuse.
“Do the right thing,” he told EA Sports’ official FIFA account. “Admit that you did wrong. You were lazy. You exposed me to threats and racism in my life.
“It really serves NO purpose to use real twitter ids in your game social media feed. It should've been resolved quickly.
“This has never been about identity theft, it's been about responsibility. What you did was irresponsible and easily avoided.”
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