Some FIFA 21 internal documents leaked earlier this week. According to these documents, EA is doing everything it can to funnel FIFA players into the game’s Ultimate Team online mode. And, since loot boxes are currently the biggest income for FIFA 21 FUT, EA issued an official statement about these documents.
EA claims that it does not “push” people to spend in its games. Instead, the publisher provides that choice to those that want to. Moreover, the publisher states that it does not encourage young players to spend in its games. Additionally, it recommends the use of family controls to manage the content that children are allowed to access, their ability to spend in games, and how much time they can play.
Now regarding FIFA 21’s FUT, EA states that Summer is a very active time in its FUT community, and that’s why it ensures more of its new content and community events in the game are centered there.
What’s also interesting here is that EA states that FIFA (or any of its games) does not involve gambling. EA claims that loot boxes are not gambling. In order to back this claim, EA said that regulators in multiple countries around the world have stated publicly that where there is no cashout method, loot boxes do not constitute gambling.
Basically, this is a PR statement via which EA wants to justify its decisions. Whether you believe it or not, that’s really up to you. You can read the full statement here.