FIFA 21: EA SPORTS agree exclusive deal with Real Madrid until 2025
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FIFA 21: EA SPORTS agree exclusive deal with Real Madrid until 2025

Published: 16/Jul/2020 11:23

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS have secured a brand new partnership with Real Madrid, making the publisher the official video game sponsor of the 13 times Champions League winners for the next five years. 

While many players will be counting the days until EA releases more info in relation to their next flagship title, they can now do so in the confidence that Konami haven’t poached the kits, stadium, or any other exclusive content for PES 2021.

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This has happened in previous years with other world giants, such as Juventus and Barcelona.

The partnership was announced on July 16, along with an official trailer to celebrate not just the content of the past created between the two parties, but also toasting to the future as well.

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Now, players may be wondering what this exactly means for FIFA 21, and the answers are simple.

Just like other clubs that are locked into exclusive partnerships with EA SPORTS, we can expect to see the very best player star heads in the next game, closer access to inside the famous Santiago Bernabéu stadium, and perhaps a few surprises that may be announced later down the line.

Following EA Play in June, the developers revealed the weeks and months before FIFA 21’s big release will be split up into different announcements. These include news on Volta, Career Mode, gameplay, Pro Clubs, and of course Ultimate Team as well. So, we may learn more about the benefits of this deal during one of those ‘first look’ videos.

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They also revealed release information for EA Access, and a new system that will allow players to have their progress carry over from current-gen to next-gen consoles, when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X finally release this Holiday season.

FIFA 21 content release schedule
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EA Play didn’t tell us an awful lot about FIFA 21, although it did show us a lot more will be revealed soon.

With Real Madrid, and their league – La Liga – penning new deals with EA SPORTS recently, we could see even more similar announcements made for Premier League and Serie A teams made soon as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.

FIFA 21 will be released on October 9, 2020, on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms.

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How to snipe players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

Published: 17/Oct/2020 18:06 Updated: 17/Oct/2020 18:09

by Joe Craven

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Over the years, ‘sniping’ has grown to be an excellent method of acquiring players for below their usual BIN price. Here’s everything you need to know to master it in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

The community dislike of Ultimate Team price ranges still hasn’t died away completely but, as you’d expect, FIFA’s fan base has figured out how trading can still be performed in the market’s conditions.

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Acquiring players just before they enter a Team of the Week is as reliable as ever, but picking up true bargains has become more difficult as price ranges seek to inhibit the coin buying/selling trade.

FIFA 21 Transfer Market HUB
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With millions of items on the market, bargains are there to be found.

One way around this is ‘sniping’ – the act of intentionally searching below a player’s typical buy it now (BIN) price, and then acting quickly to finalize the purchase. Here, we’re going to break down how to do it, and how it can benefit you and your Ultimate Team bank.

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Step One: Pick your player and work out his usual price

First off, you need to pick the player you want. This can be for trading, or for use in your team. You won’t want to pick a player too expensive and rare, as there simply won’t be the quantity of that player on the market. Players will also be more careful to get their money’s worth when listing a better, rarer player. We’ve gone for Raphinha of Leeds United.

Rpahinha in FUT 21 Transfer Market
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Raphinha is a steal for just a few thousand coins.

Step Two: Lower your price

As you can see, there are hundreds of cards available for 2,700 coins. We know off the bat, then, that this is too high. We’d recommend dropping the price search by about 10%, which in this case will take our searches down to about 2,400 coins.

Step Three: Buy it now

For this price, there are just a couple of options, both at the very beginning of their one hour on the market. These will sell very rapidly, so it’s up to you to act fast and ‘buy it now’. Internet will probably matter in this scenario, so if your console or PC is pretty slow, the web app might offer you more luck.

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In terms of actually pushing the buttons quickly to buy the player, practice makes perfect. You’ll need to select the player, move down to Buy Now, then move up to ‘Yes’. The best way to do it is to practice.

Raphinha in FIFA 21 Transfer Market
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Raphinha is available even cheaper.

However, we should stress that it’s not this simple. A lot of the time, searching below a player’s BIN price, you’ll be met with the message tell you there are no players available at that price.

Unfortunately, you cannot just spam the search button and be taken to the players available as they are listed – you have to alternate between a couple of prices. In this Raphinha example, you’ll probably need to alternate between about 2,300 and 2,400 coins. We even found one for 2,100 coins – 600 coins below the value we know he can sell for.

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Raphinha BIN price in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team
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Some bargains are available, even in players’ given price ranges.

What to bear in mind when sniping in FIFA Ultimate Team

If you’re sniping to trade, remember EA’s 5% tax. Buying a player at 2,900 coins and selling them for 3,000 is pointless, as you’ll only get 2,850 coins for the sale. This is why we recommend going about 10% below their standard BIN price, or lower.

Next, sniping is difficult with more valuable players. There are fewer of them, and players will be more cautious when listing a highly valuable player. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it’ll just require more patience.

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Finally, remember players’ values change. Buying a Raphinha today for 2,400 coins might be a good deal, but tomorrow he could only be worth 2,200 coins. Be intelligent and work quickly.

Once you master sniping, it can be a seriously useful way of saving coins. Be realistic though, as price ranges means the days of finding a 100k player for 10k are long behind us.