FUT Packs once again in the spotlight

Mc_chigby
708 posts An Exciting Prospect
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48908766

As per the recent bbc article above, another parent has been caught out by the issues of FUT Packs and children purchasing them without permission. It doesn't effect too many people but its still a problem currently.

EA refusing to comment once again is troubling. I understand their defence noting the parent should have proper protections in place for payments from the console, however I don't agree with it.

The game age cert is released as a 3+, meaning any child can pick up the game and play. However, if you have to put protections in place for young children so they cannot purchase Fifa points, surely this overrides the 3+ certificate.

Extreme example here but if someone purchased a dvd which was PG rated, but to watch the film on a PG rated version, the person in question had to select the correct format on the menu, otherwise the dvd would start playing on a 15 rating. The game rating isn't EA's fault mind you, but just screams of hypocrisy.

Comments

  • Henzz87
    299 posts Sunday League Hero
    At the end of day its the parents responsibility to make sure that there child is fully aware of how these micro transactions work and need to get permission before purchasing them.

    As for the pegi rating that comes down to the VSC Rating Board.

    But EA still suck 😁
  • D14
    3325 posts National Call-Up
    Reasons why opening packs aren't gambling -

    When you buy a pack of wine gums does it tell you specifically how many X flavour, Y Flavour (or colour whatever example you want to use) before you open the pack? Of course it doesn't! Why? Because it doesn't have to, it tells you in buying this pack your going to get Wine gums, exactly the same as buying packs of players on FIFA. Some people get all the luck and get mostly reds and blacks, but often you get a bad pack with greens and yellows.


    When you put money into one of those childrens twisty vending machines to get a toy, do you get a specific toy, or whatever one happens to fall out of the pot? Random of course, is this gambling because you didn't get to choose what specific toy you wanted? or actually did you get exactly what you expected (a toy) or when you buy a "pack" you get players....


    Parents who are technophobic and can't put safeguards on their devices are the problem, this could really be avoided by a prompt to allow/not allow micro transactions within the game via settings, or to have some form of age verification within the game so that kids and the older community who understand what they are spending out on can both enjoy it.

    To ban it all together would result in millions of players not buying the game, therefore meaning the game may cease to exist as the other modes are less profitable and if that wasn't the case, less money to spend on licenses, player detailing/scans, staidum scans etc and the game would go to pot anyway. Be careful what you wish for.
  • Pwalie86
    1336 posts Professional
    If Fifa ceases to exist then it won't be long before there's a wine gum shortage.
  • Stedyon
    82 posts Park Captain
    Couple of things, first off all it’s the parents fault for not putting a password on their account for transactions. Secondly, packs aren’t gambling, they say you will get cards and you get cards. Some
    Might be better than others but your getting exactly what you are paying for, cards.
  • Koolfashion
    2656 posts Fans' Favourite
    Stedyon wrote: »
    Couple of things, first off all it’s the parents fault for not putting a password on their account for transactions. Secondly, packs aren’t gambling, they say you will get cards and you get cards. Some
    Might be better than others but your getting exactly what you are paying for, cards.

    yeah :D
  • LLLLLZ
    25 posts Last Pick at the Park
    edited July 12
    Stedyon wrote: »
    Couple of things, first off all it’s the parents fault for not putting a password on their account for transactions. Secondly, packs aren’t gambling, they say you will get cards and you get cards. Some
    Might be better than others but your getting exactly what you are paying for, cards.

    People like you is the reason EA keep making trash ball game and still earn millions
  • Stedyon
    82 posts Park Captain
    LLLLLZ wrote: »
    Stedyon wrote: »
    Couple of things, first off all it’s the parents fault for not putting a password on their account for transactions. Secondly, packs aren’t gambling, they say you will get cards and you get cards. Some
    Might be better than others but your getting exactly what you are paying for, cards.

    People like you is the reason EA keep making trash ball game and still earn millions

    And how’s that exactly considering I didn’t buy a single pack last year? You don’t need to if you actually play the game . . .
  • EA_Andy
    3267 posts EA Community Manager
    Locking this one, there's already another discussion about this here - https://fifaforums.easports.com/en/discussion/489233/the-kids-emptied-our-bank-accounts-playing-fifa#latest
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