Kurt lashes out at “incompetent” EA Sports after permanent FIFA ban - Dexerto

Kurt lashes out at “incompetent” EA Sports after permanent FIFA ban

Published: 25/Feb/2020 5:04 Updated: 1/May/2020 17:10

by Isaac McIntyre


Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech didn’t hold back in his latest assault against EA Sports, suggesting the FIFA franchise publishers were “incompetent” after the new revelation he had been slapped with a permanent ban from all EA titles.

After a series of battles between the fallen FIFA star, and franchise publishers EA Sports, the gaming giant has made a final decision to ban Kurt from accessing his EA account, as well as any titles associated with the company.

EA stated in a statement released on Twitter on February 24 that the company would “not tolerate threatening behavior” from Kurt, and suggested the 25-year-old pro had “crossed a line of decency into very personal attacks.”

“Today Kurt0411’s EA account will be banned from playing our games, and accessing our services, due to these serious and repeated violations,” the company’s official statement read.

“We build games and communities for players to have fun [and] creating a safe experience for everyone without fear of harassment or abuse is a vital part of that…when feedback crosses the line to threatening, personal attacks, we will take action to move it out of our communities.”


Soon after the release was posted on EA’s Twitter account, Kurt replied asking the company to “give [him] examples” of when the alleged violations had occurred, and what evidence they had of him “threatening [EA’s] incompetent employees.”

The FIFA personality then took to his own account, sharing images of his disabled account, and the email from EA’s customer support alerting him of the permanent ban. Needless to say, he wasn’t too kind to the gaming giant either.

“Incredible stuff honestly… banning me from their esports events wasn’t enough, trying to get my Twitch and YouTube channels banned wasn’t enough. Now they shut down my 10-year plus FUT Founder account. No words,” he said.

The 25-year-old suggested EA was making a mistake with their decision to ban him. He also added he believed he had “never said anything [he] shouldn’t have,” despite the FIFA publishers making claims to the contrary.

“This is just deeper than anyone thinks. They didn’t want me competing at events ‘cause they were scared I’d win them, now I’m the second-biggest streamer of their game and they’re scared I’ll overtake their golden boy,” he said, likely referring to fellow FIFA star Edwin ‘Castro1021’ Castro.

It looks like Kurt’s high-profile story, and his war against EA, is far from over too. Hours after EA’s official statement, Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR‘ Keem teased an upcoming documentary series telling the story of the fallen FIFA star.

“Just got off the phone with Kurt, ‘the man EA Sports wants to disappear’,” the Drama Alert host revealed on Twitter. “Documentary deal done,” he added, confirming some kind of video story will soon be on the way.

While Kurt may be waging the most high-profile personal battle with EA, he’s not the only star to have put the publishers in his sights this week either—after reaching the Champions Cup finals in Paris, Fnatic’s Tekkz slammed this year’s FIFA release.

The top-level pro, who eventually finished runner-up in the Xbox bracket to Msdossary after a 5–4 epic, suggested “no one likes playing” the series this year, and dubbed the 2020 release the “most unrewarding” FIFA title yet.

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Tekkz became the latest FIFA star to speak out against the franchise in Paris last weekend.

While EA brought the full force of the ban hammer down on Kurt, it looks like Tekkz got away scot-free. Considering the publisher’s permanent actions against Kurt and his views, however, who knows when the next pro may speak up again.


FIFA 21 Rulebreakers promo LIVE: player leaks, start time, predictions

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:31 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:06

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS has begun officially unveiling this year’s Halloween promo event for Ultimate Team, and it looks like we’ll actually be getting something a little out of the ordinary in FIFA 21… “Rulebreakers.” Here’s everything we know so far.

The last few years have seen Ultimate Scream rule the last weeks of October. The Halloween themed promo was trotted out in Ultimate Team for the last three years, but the special event’s ‘reign of terror’ seems to be coming to an end.

Instead, a new “Rulebreakers” promo is coming soon. 

EA SPORTS teased the event on Twitter on Oct. 21, with only three letters ⁠— two Rs and an S ⁠— and a fragmented FUT card. Soon after, Dexerto data miner FutWatch confirmed the hidden word would eventually spell out ‘Rulebreakers.’

The following day, Oct. 22, EA SPORTS confirmed the promo’s name. They also revealed, “Rulebreakers leave behind their previous styles of play and transform into different kinds of stars with game-changing stat updates.”

When will the “Rulebreakers” promo begin?

FIFA’s spooky Ultimate Team promo ⁠— or at least, what Dexerto assumes is replacing the Ultimate Scream event this time around ⁠— is still based around Halloween. That means the promo will start this week, on Friday, October 23.

The event should run for just over a week, past the Halloween weekend.

If the timing on the “Rulebreakers” promo is the same as FUT’s spooky Ultimate Scream, we should see it last for just over a week. That means any special packs, challenges, and promo deals that hit Ultimate Team will last until November 2.

We’ll likely get a first-look reveal of the new promo event, and an upgraded team along with it, ahead of that 6 pm Friday release time. Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK, and @FutWatch, to see the news.

Rulebreakers predictions: new FIFA 21 upgrades?

Here’s where it gets a little tricky ⁠— EA SPORTS hasn’t really given us any clues about the potential upgrade team beyond the name. In fact, they haven’t even given us that yet, and we had to rely on Ultimate Team leaks to learn the truth.

It does sound like “Rulebreakers” could be one of two things. The first is those ‘destroyer’ players who pick up cards left and right, get stuck in on the pitch, and just rule the roost with their imposing presence in-game.

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Everton striker Richarlison is a good Premier League shout for the “Rulebreakers” team.

The second could be more meta. The title, ‘Rulebreakers,’ could refer to cards featuring players out of position, and breaking the rules. Maybe we’ll see a 90+ pace center back ⁠— lord knows this meta needs one ⁠— or a 99 physical wingback upgrade.

This second suggestion is probably more likely, considering EA’s description of Rulebreakers: players will “leave behind their previous styles of play.”

EA has already confirmed two players for the promo too: Dries Mertens and Harry Kane. They also teased a third, a Brazillian star, but they have not yet confirmed it.

Confirmed ‘Rulebreaker’ players

FIFA Rulebreakers

  • Harry Kane
  • Aymerick Laporte
  • Douglas Costa
  • Dries Mertens
  • Radja Nainggolan
  • Lucas Ocampos
  • Marcos Llorente
  • Manuel Lazzari
  • Boubacar Kamara
  • Denzel Dumfries
  • Andre

Previous Predictions

  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Pepe (Arsenal)
  • Richarlison (Everton)
  • Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
  • David Luiz (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atlético Madrid)
  • Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Nigel de Jong (Al-Shahania)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (Bordeaux)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan)

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s new Rulebreakers Halloween promo so far. Make sure if you’ve got a few spare FUT coins you keep them in your back pocket; there could be some cracking cards on the way!

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.