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UK Government decision could change FIFA Ultimate Team forever

Published: 9/Jun/2020 15:52 Updated: 11/Jun/2020 4:01

by David Purcell

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FIFA Ultimate Team as we know it appears to be under threat in the United Kingdom, with the UK Government discussing the possibility of classifying FUT packs – and other loot box items – as a form of online gambling. 

Loots box systems have proven to be a lightning rod in the United Kingdom, and in other European countries, for quite some time. Decisions have even been taken in Belgium and Holland to have them banned in many titles, such as Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and others.

For EA SPORTS, it’s clear that FUT is their most prized asset, with a 40 percent increase in net revenues since 2019 for the game mode alone. According to figures from the company’s H1 financial report for 2020, net revenue reached a whopping $716 million. In relation to the FIFA franchise, these sales come primarily through FIFA points, which can be bought with cash online and spent on FUT packs in-game, where the buyer has no way of knowing what will be included in their rewards.

Long has there been a debate about the impact this behavior can have on young children, with the game rating of E in the United States (available to everyone), and in the UK it’s rated for ages 3 and above.

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Getting the best players in Ultimate Team isn’t cheap, and certainly isn’t guaranteed either.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has announced that there will be a cross-party meeting to consider evidence to support claims that children are being encouraged to gamble, with the case being made that this behavior can lead to addiction in later life.

As reported by The Guardian, Labour MP Carolyn Harris said: “They are a virtually speculative commodity that only help to normalise and encourage young people to take a chance. All too often this will lead to youngsters developing an addiction to gambling.”

Should that decision be approved, the way people play Ultimate Team in the country would change forever, with the FUT pack system either needing a heavy rework or being totally scrapped for good.

It’s worth noting that not all packs need to be bought with physical money in FIFA 20, with Squid Building Challenges and in-game match rewards available for players to rack up, such as that of each season. This is a new battle pass system, where objectives are completed for free bonus content.

That being said, there can be no doubt that purchasing a good amount of FUT packs will improve chances of succeeding in competitive play, with Club Owners taking to the pitch with star-studded sides each weekend for FUT Champs. It’s highly unlikely that, at least to reach the very top, that you can achieve that without significant investment in the loot box system.

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FIFA pro player BorasLegend is just one of many who have spent big on FIFA points this year.

Back in September 2019, just after FIFA 20 launched, pro player Ivan ‘BorasLegend’ Lapanje revealed that he had spent around $1,700 on FIFA Points to get an advantage over “heavy spenders” online.

He said: “I have loaded up with 204,000 FIFA points (1700$). This contribution will put me in an early advantage vs some players and reduce the disadvantage vs heavy spenders. I wish it wasn’t like this, just wanted to be transparent.”

Whether or not Ultimate Team will be forced to change in the UK in the future remains to be seen, but it does appear as if dialogue on possible links to gambling won’t be going away any time soon.

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How to complete Bellerin & Deulofeu league player objectives in FIFA 21

Published: 27/Nov/2020 11:20

by Connor Bennett

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League Objective players are back in FIFA 21, with Hector Bellerin and Gerard Deulofeu getting some nice boosts to their base cards. Here’s what you need to know.

In addition to Squad Building Challenges and Season Progress, FIFA players have the chance to earn free cards through objectives. 

Already in FIFA 21, we’ve had free Ones to Watch, Rulebreakers, and Silver Stars released through objectives, and now, League Objectives are back too. 

The premise is simple. You have to grind through a set of games with players who relate to a certain league, and if you complete the challenges, you’ll get a free card. In the spotlight first are Hector Bellerin and Gerard Deulofeu. 

Hector Bellerin Premier League player objectives

In FIFA’s gone by, no Premier League Ultimate Team was complete without Hector Bellerin. The speedy Spanish full-back was a nightmare to get past in defence – and he could handle himself in attack, too. 

Premier League team owners have had more options in recent years – the likes of Ruben Semedo, Ricardo Periera, and Trent Alexander-Arnold have come to the forefront – but Bellerin’s objective card is a throwback to how he used to be. 

The objectives are pretty simple too. Focus on the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece, just feed your Premier League players and you’ll unlock the Arsenal man in no time. 

  • Premier League wins: Win 15 matches using only Premier League players in the starting 11 in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Scoring prowess: Score 30 goals using Premier League players in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Assist kings: Assist 20 goals using Premier League players in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Feeling finesse: Score a finesse goal using Premier League players in six separate matches in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Premier range: Assist from a cross using Premier League players in four separate matches in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
Hector Bellerin FIFA 21 objectives card
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Bellerin’s new card could get him back amongst the Premier League elite.

Gerard Deulofeu Serie A league player objectives

As for Gerard Deulofeu, he used to be an absolutely great choice for cheap teams previously thanks to his form at Everton and Watford. 

Now, he plies his trade in Serie A with Udinese, and he is in focus with the League Objectives. Just like Bellerin, the focus is on the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece, but there’s one different objective between the pair. 

  • Serie A wins: Win 15 matches using only Serie A players in the Starting 11 in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Scoring prowess: Score 30 goals using Serie A players in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Assist kings: Assist 20 goals using Serie A players in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Thread the needle: Assist with a through ball using Serie A players in four separate matches in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
  • Feeling finesse: Score a finesse goal using Serie A players in six separate matches in the Live FUT Friendly: Managerial Masterpiece.
Gerard Deulofeu FIFA 21 objectives card
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Deulofeu’s new card is a throwback to FIFA’s past.

Unlike some other objectives, there is no set time limit for these two – and they should be available until the end of Season 2. 

If you get your hands on both of them, or even just one of them, let us know how the Spaniards get on for your Ultimate Team by tweeting us @UltimateTeamUK.