EA have announced they will be removing the ability to buy “FIFA Points” from recent FIFA titles for players residing in Belgium.
In the ongoing controversy surrounding lootboxes, several countries threatened to take legal action against developers. This also includes Belgium, prompting investigation into EA’s FIFA 18 and FIFA 19.
On January 29th, EA made an announcement via their website.
“After further discussions with the Belgian authorities, we have decided to stop offering FIFA Points for sale in Belgium. We’re working to make these changes effective in our FIFA console and PC games by January 31, 2019. This means that players in Belgium will not be able to purchase points to obtain FIFA Ultimate Team packs.”
Players will still have access to Ultimate Teams they already own. EA also emphasized that “All content in the game can be earned through gameplay, as has always been the case, and players can continue to use coins and the in-game transfer market.”
Finally those that have FIFA points can continue to use them, but will be unable to purchase more. EA signed off their announcement with the following:
“We seek to bring choice, fairness, value and fun to our players in all our games. In addition to providing players options in how they play, we include pack probabilities in our games for the transparency players want to make informed content choices. While we are taking this action, we do not agree with Belgian authorities’ interpretation of the law, and we will continue to seek more clarity on the matter as we go forward. The impact of this change to FIFA Ultimate Team in Belgium is not material to our financial performance.”
We will keep you posted as this story develops.