Posted in: Op-edGaming News
Published:
February 9, 2020 8:00 PM UTC

Of Course FIFA is Gambling, That’s Why EA Wants Your Kids Hooked

Two entirely separate lawsuits have been filed in France against EA. These lawsuits claim that FIFA features gambling mechanics. Of course they do, and EA knows it.
  • EA is very vehement about their loot boxes being ethical.
  • They’re now being sued by two different lawyers from France.
  • Not only are loot boxes gambling, but EA knows this and wants your kids hooked.

EA seems to be struggling lately. Not financially, they’re doing okay in that area. No, they seem to be struggling with loot boxes. No matter how hard they try, people seem reluctant to let them put unregulated gambling into their games.

As if the Belgian Game Commission calling loot boxes illegal wasn’t bad enough, now two French lawyers have piled on. Two entirely separate lawsuits have been filed in France against EA. These lawsuits claim that FIFA features gambling mechanics.

Of course they do, and EA knows it.

This quote from one of the two lawyers shows just how strong the feelings about loot boxes are in Europe. | Source: Kotaku

Loot Boxes Are Gambling and EA Wants Your Kids Hooked

All of this opposition really should make EA think twice about loot boxes. So far, it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way. Instead, they’ve doubled down on them. They also insist they be referred to as “surprise mechanics.”

As we all know, referring to something with a different name makes them less illegal and immoral. Like when you rename an illegal casino for minors to a ‘children’s game corner.’

The lawsuits currently being leveled at EA are due to players who spent over $650 dollars on the Ultimate Team mode. According to the clients in these lawsuits, it is entirely possible to spend excessive amounts of money and get no decent players. And that is exactly the way that EA likes it.

They Want You to Keep Coming Back for More

EA wants you addicted to opening those packs, and as long as you can buy them with real money, any element of randomness makes them gambling.

There’s long been an argument that since you can’t sell the components of a loot box, it doesn’t count. That is complete garbage. It seems clear that the contents have value to the people buying them, or they wouldn’t buy them.

To quote futurist John Naisbitt,

Value is what people are willing to pay for it.

If people are paying out hundreds of euros for the contents of these packs, that is what they’re worth. Therefore, loot boxes are gambling.

And, EA seems hell-bent on getting kids addicted to them.

 

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

Last modified: February 7, 2020 3:19 PM UTC

William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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