EA Hit With FIFA Lawsuit, Claims Ultimate Team Mode Is Gambling

Visitors try out the latest version of FIFA 20 during the press day at the 2019 Gamescom gaming trade fair on August 20, 2019 in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom 2019, the biggest video gaming trade fair in the world, will be open to the public from August 21-24. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

EA’s big win with Jedi Fallen Order could be marred with a lawsuit aimed at another one of their major franchises. The soccer sim, FIFA 20, is under fire from a pair of French lawyers who say the Ultimate Team (FUT) mode of the game is tantamount to gambling.

“My client spent 600 euros in five months without ever getting a big player.” Lawyer Victor Zagury told French sports publication L’Equipe. Zagury, along, with Karim Morand-Lahouazi say that the highest card their client received was only rated 85/100. Their client stated that FIFA 20’s Ulitimate Team is absolutely addictive in nature. “…whenever I buy a pack, I tell myself that this is the last time, but I always do it again. You get so frustrated when you don’t get good enough players that you buy again and again.” He told reporters.

The lawsuit also comes in the wake of Belgian legislators ruling that FIFA was indeed gambling in 2018. EA removed the ability to purchase FIFA points in the FUT making packs only available through coins earned in-game. So far only Belgium and the Netherlands have taken action against loot boxes in video games.

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