So, here we are. Where shall I begin?
AGAIN! This game is such a neglected, buggy, broken, insulting mess for Career Mode users and has been for some considerable time. And, because it seems to be only getting worse. And, because the only mode that has adequate development time is one with expensive "surprise mechanics" designed to manipulate monies from people, including children. I have decided that the time has come to write to FIFA themselves and express my concerns with the way EA is handling its name and franchise.
The depths this industry and particularly EA have sunken to in recent years is a dreadful indictment of all of you. It's been shameful. It's all been lacklustre, half-baked pish (and that is being kind) with the sole purpose of being cynical manipulative microtransaction delivery systems. Star Wars, Battlefield, Anthem etc. You can use as many buzzwords as you like to try and placate our dissatisfaction, you can feign concern and pretend it matters to you and you can put as much lawyers spin on it as you like but the discerning of us know exactly what this company, in the year 2019 is all about. It couldn't be clearer.
Many have had enough of your lies and obfuscations and no matter how many people complain directly to you, you never show any accountability or diligence by actually developing or fixing the mode in any meaningful way at all. We get a lot of words but they are empty words. We receive a lot of promises but they are empty promises. TUESDAY I bought the game. TUESDAY I paid £75. Today is Sunday and I still can't play career mode because the squads are out of date. You did not even get that right. Nevermind all the other, truly game-breaking stuff. You can't even give me a functional squad update, a fundamental, almost a week after launch and how many weeks after the transfer window closed? I paid my £75 to be entertained in my spare time but what am I actually doing with that time? I'm writing this to you. I'm paying you, for me, to write this.
Now, allow me to be clear. I love this game, and I love career mode. I want it to be around forever, it feels like it has. I have been with it from its birth 26 years ago. It's been part of my life for a quarter of a century. Just think about that for a minute. I would like it to be around for another 25 years but I would like it to be getting better for every one of them. I don't want this game to go away but as the situation stands I see absolutely no point in EA having the license anymore. You are not willing to provide a functioning, positive, immersive and enjoyable experience to the offline community. Your dedication in proving the experience contrary to good is blatant at this point. And I do say WILLING because you ARE capable, you're just not willing! You're not willing to provide us with what we pay you for. You may want me to pay to win on FUT but I never will. I have suspicions that career mode and its players are a nuisance that you want rid of. A mode that eats into your FUT profits. And it's not by mistake. We feel this way because of the contempt that oozes out of your product. It's palpable. I wonder if the only reason it's still in there at all is for legal reasons related to the FIFA license? Well, we'll see. I will see what can be gleaned by speaking to them and their legal department. If I were a suit over there I would be most unhappy with your treatment of my branding, I really would be furious. So, I'm going to attempt to make it as clear as possible to whomever it concerns over there, the dreadful problems that they may or may not be aware of. It's my experience that often, organisations do not necessarily always, fully understand the thing it is they put their names to and consequently, don't understand the issues and why they should be concerned. Would anyone truly endorse a product they knew was broken? Among the other issues with it. A few perhaps but not as many as wouldn't.
I ask that anyone else wishing to voice their concerns to do so directly to FIFA themselves but I implore you to write professionally. DO NOT send them a wall of incoherent ranting in baby text message speak. Write to them and express your concerns with the quality of the product and explain why it is that you think it is or may be damaging to them to be associated with such a product. Provide reasons and examples. We all have plenty of them. In short, it will require an investment of time from YOU. DO NOT do this if you are not capable of doing it properly. It won't help. Sending letters and emails to companies and organisations costs them time and money. They hate it and if you cost them enough time and money they are eventually forced to engage your concerns. FIFA may be the only organisation EA seem to have to answer to regarding this game. Well, perhaps the leagues, too. From where I'm sitting, the only people who can ensure the future quality of this product is FIFA. EA have proven themselves untrustworthy, and I'm sorry, guys, it's a fact.
Following are their contact details. I would start by sending a query to "[email protected]
" asking for contact details for the appropriate department that deals with concerns regarding the FIFA game franchise and go from there.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
FIFA-Strasse 20 P.O. Box 8044 Zurich Switzerland
General Enquiries: [email protected]
Legal Enquiries: [email protected]
It will take me a few days to formulate my letter to them. But rest assured, I will be contacting them. I just want to get it right. It will be interesting to see if I get any kind of response from them at all. I have no idea if I will get anywhere, or if I will be going about it the correct way but I feel I must do something, now. This year, something has to give. It's a long shot, I admit.
The intention here is not to attempt to get a revocation of a license from EA. I/we are too small for that. It's not realistic but if we can create enough turbulence, get enough people sitting uncomfortably in their seats and maybe get FIFA's lawyers to write to EA Sports formally and simply ask "what are you guys doing to our brand name to make people send us letters of concern?" Then perhaps we might get to see what EA can really produce in 2020 when they are forced to apply themselves. It's worth a punt.
I don't want to have to do this. I sincerely don't. But this simply can't be allowed to continue. You are taking our money and for career mode users, it's money for nothing. No exaggeration. I would prefer that EA keep producing the game but it MUST be a two-way street. You MUST make a quality game across ALL modes, every year, and ALL modes must show annual Improvements. Real improvements. In return, I pay you my money and gladly. You scratch my back and I scratch yours. It may be an old fashioned idea of how a business transaction should occur but it IS the correct one. Demonstrate a little pride in your work and start raising the standards again and perhaps, just perhaps we may start getting a product worthy of its branding. Worthy of its customers and most of all, a product worthy of its FANS!
Good day to you all.