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EA Sports criticized for response to FIFA 20 FUT Icons swap exploit

Published: 11/Jan/2020 10:15

by Joe Craven

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EA Sports have been criticized for their rapid response to a FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Icons swap exploit, with many community members suggesting they should be able to fix a number of the game’s other issues. 

FIFA 20 has had a mixed reception from players. Both the casual and competitive communities have lamented the game for its bugs and some gameplay complaints, with some arguing it does little to build on the established formula of FIFA games. Of course, this is the preference for some players too.

Professional player Kurt0411 was banned for spitting on an EA logo amid his furious rant against the company. The latest FIFA title has also been slammed for its reliance on “pay-to-win” mechanics, as players who plow real money into the game stand the best chance of in-game success. 

EA SportsFIFA 20’s gameplay is among those aspects criticized.

On January 10, it became clear that an ICON swap exploit was prominent in FIFA 20. The alleged exploit allowed players to earn tokens through ‘Friendly’ matches, essentially meaning players could guarantee themselves the untradeable ICONs far more easily than intended. 

In response, EA patched the exploit rapidly, leading to many fans criticizing them for failing to fix other FIFA 20 issues quickly. 

Among them was Craig ‘NepentheZ’ Douglas, a popular British FIFA YouTuber. “It’s things like this that p*ss people off,” he said. “There’s a glitch that benefits people with getting Icon Swaps tokens quicker and it’s patched in QUICK time.”

“There are 100 other “quick fixes” that you could make too,” he continued, “and you ignore them. Shake my head.”

His opinion was echoed by a number of FIFA 20 players. “They did us dirty like that for 3 tokens,” one Twitter user said, while another echoed: “Glitch patched so fast that no one even knew there was a glitch.”

The general consensus among community members was that EA patched the update rapidly so players could not earn their ICON tokens faster than normal, but other bugs that hinder players are not addressed nearly as speedily. 

One player summarized the frustrations as: “If it lessens the grind, patch IMMEDIATELY. If it hinders the players, no rush, take 2 days and when fixing don’t worry about those who got an unfair advantage and screw the rest.” 

Others were less cynical, and praised EA for a rapid patch to an in-game exploit. However, they made clear they want to see the same attitude to all the game’s issues. 

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FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 live: release time, TOTW leaks, predictions

Published: 25/Nov/2020 7:02

by Isaac McIntyre

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The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 9, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the new upgraded team so far, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

Last week’s TOTW, the eighth in FIFA 21, was undoubtedly the best we’ve seen yet, so it’s going to be a tough ask for Team of the Week 9 to go one better.

There’s a good chance it could come close, however, is a huge stack of international stars in line for IF cards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, cover star Erling Haaland, and Romeulu Lukaku. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ⁠— who is planning to sue EA over his rights ⁠— could be included too.

Forwards weren’t the only stars to shine this week either. Tottenham shot-stopper Hugo Lloris and Everton’s Lucas Digne could get in-form cards, while Monaco centerpiece Cesc Fabregas pulled the strings in a 3-2 win over PSG.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week promo so far, including when the newest Team of the Week lineup will drop in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, possible in-form card leaks, and Dexerto’s weekly TOTW predictions.

Cristiano Ronaldo could get his first FIFA 21 in-form in TOTW 9.
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Cristiano Ronaldo could get his first FIFA 21 in-form in TOTW 9.

Team of the Week 9 start time

On November 25, FIFA publishers EA SPORTS will release the ninth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 9 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 9 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the new FIFA 21 team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week 9 cards slip ⁠— after TOTW 7, when they accidentally shipped 11 upgraded cards early, they’re likely playing it extra safe.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 9 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Hugo Lloris was immense in Tottenham's 2-0 win over City last weekend.
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Hugo Lloris was immense in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over City last weekend.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 9 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 9 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
  • Anthony Lopes – Lyon
  • Conrado – Lechia Gdańsk
  • Lucas Digne – Everton
  • Marcos Senesi – Feyernoord
  • Aleksandar Dragovic – Bayer Leverkusen
  • Jules Kounde – Sevilla
  • Atiba Hutchinson – Beşiktaş
  • David Brooks – AFC Bournemouth
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan – AS Roma
  • Yannick Carrasco – Aletico Madrid
  • Diego Perotti – Fenerbahçe
  • Cesc Fabrega – AS Monaco
  • Rodrigo De Paul – Udinese
  • Yusuf Yazici – Lille
  • Zakaria Labyad – Ajax
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic – AC Milan
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventu
  • Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan
  • Andy Delort – Montpellier 
  • Jean-Phillipe Mateta – Mainz
  • Danny Johnson – Leyton Orient

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 9. Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!