EA says "We don't push people to spend money in our games"

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A recent leaked document revealed that they push people to spend money in fifa microtransactions,, to which they have denined

I mean I can't say I'm surprised at all, but what I'm surprised about is that every year they always come up with something dumb to say. We went from "Linear single-player games are dead", "Sense of pride and accomplishment", "They're not loot boxes, but surprised mechanics", and now this.

I wonder what they'll say next? Nintendo games are inferior to EA games?
 
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You say as if they’re not making it hand over fist.
It was an ironic statement, really. Of course they 'push' people to spend on card packs in Fifa, just like they do for loot boxes in Apex Legends or Blizzard push people to buy loot boxes in Overwatch. It is central to their business model and the economy of earning "free" (which is really time invested, time being a currency in itself) loot boxes is balanced so that it isn't too punishing to slowly grind out but not easy enough that you won't feel tempted to drop ten bucks to shave some grind time off. The use of seasons, events and those time limited ultra rare cards in Fifa are just further ways to pressure the player into dropping money into the game.

To deny that they push people to spend money is like denying that water is wet. It is, if you will, akin to saying that you don't want your business to make money.
 
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To deny that they push people to spend money is like denying that water is wet. It is, if you will, akin to saying that you don't want your business to make money.
Thing is, EA will tell you that water is perfectly dry while it tries to sell you a water lootbox ("30% chance of actual water!") in the desert. Remember, this is the company that told us that lootboxes are essential to fund games- and then, after fan outcry forced them to take lootboxes out of Battlefront II, told investors that doing so wouldn't hurt their profits.

Imagine how different gaming would be if it was as illegal to lie to us as it is to lie to investors!
 

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A recent leaked document revealed that they push people to spend money in fifa microtransactions,, to which they have denined

I mean I can't say I'm surprised at all, but what I'm surprised about is that every year they always come up with something dumb to say. We went from "Linear single-player games are dead", "Sense of pride and accomplishment", "They're not loot boxes, but surprised mechanics", and now this.

I wonder what they'll say next? Nintendo games are inferior to EA games?
*Looks at the sims looks at all the sports games in the past few years* sure you don’t push micro transactions ea totally believe you on that.
 
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Uh-huh...sure they don't.

Pay no attention to the gen-chat limitations, the credit cap (which at higher levels you will hit quite often...and be unable to do anything about it because nothing in-game is worth buying and inflation has priced the player-player trade WELL beyond that 1M mark), the lack of rewards for certain events, the constant "hey, if you were subscribed you could have gotten more rewards" notifications, the limitations on certain mission types, inability to trade...no no, they absolutely don't push people to spend money on their games...
 
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I had this really weird experience with EA last year where in, somehow someone had linked someone elses credit card to my EA ID and ripped them off for a bunch of russian Fifa credit. I'm not even sure how because my account was never compromised, supposedly it has something to do with manipulating Xbox live accounts, which I don't use but was linked to EA. I don't even play Fifa.

I contacted EA thinking my account had been compromised, but they verified transactions had gone through my account, but it wasn't using my creditcard (turned out I didnt even have one linked thankfully). I asked them to refund the transactions, block my account and investigate. They basically told me to get fucked and that they don't care since it's not me getting defrauded. In the end it made me so concerned that I changed my password, removed all my info and decided I'll never support EA again.

Apparently this fifa stuff has turned into a whole market of grey market hackers stealing credit cards, buy and reselling fifa credits and EA is happy to oblige since they're profiting off of it.

I've never heard anything since now that I think of it, but at this point I still refuse to support EA period.
 
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Uh-huh...sure they don't.

Pay no attention to the gen-chat limitations, the credit cap (which at higher levels you will hit quite often...and be unable to do anything about it because nothing in-game is worth buying and inflation has priced the player-player trade WELL beyond that 1M mark), the lack of rewards for certain events, the constant "hey, if you were subscribed you could have gotten more rewards" notifications, the limitations on certain mission types, inability to trade...no no, they absolutely don't push people to spend money on their games...
This times 1000. I got the urge to play SWTOR again and tired free to play and only lasted about 10 minutes with the constant push. I admit I broke down and paid for two months with no reoccurring, that way I got 60 days to get the SWTOR urge out of my system.
 

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This times 1000. I got the urge to play SWTOR again and tired free to play and only lasted about 10 minutes with the constant push. I admit I broke down and paid for two months with no reoccurring, that way I got 60 days to get the SWTOR urge out of my system.
You can blame Blizzard for that one. Every since WoW everybody and his mother has been putting out MMOs trying to get a piece of a pie that shouldn't exist in the first place. The idea you could buy a game and then not only not own it but have to pay more money in order to actually play it, in other words "Games as a Service" started there. Sure, MMOs and even Pay to Play MMOs existed before but it's WoW that popularized it. EA... they're just exploited it with SWTOR.
 
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We don't want a pink Darth Vader, the latest dev studio EA buys is not doomed, and we have always been at war with Eastasia.

EA lied, news at 11. Not that documenting the latest lie is a bad thing.
 

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EA like many big corporations is designed for maximizing shareholder value. But they do that by screwing over the general public, and their own customers.
 

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Rot in hell EA.
Satan's too good for them. They can rot in the void, at least there's nothing there for them to peddle their shit to.

OT: Well, isn't this standard MO for EA? Try to secretly do scummy shit for all teh moneez, get found out, fake contrition, shut up until the storm blows over... rinse and repeat? We'll be back at it in a few months and until ambivalent EA customers (who I suppose to be the majority) actually speak with their wallet instead of just standing at the back glancing around for the next game they want, and legislation is put in place to protect whales, it's going to keep happening.
 
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