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EA hit with class action lawsuit over Ultimate Team packs

Published: 21/Oct/2020 12:25

by Andrew Highton


EA have been hit with a class-action lawsuit in Canada that claims games like NHL 21 and Madden 21 are operating an “illegal” gambling system – which is yet another domino to fall in the movement against their popular Ultimate Team game mode.

In recent years, it’s become more and more apparent that loot boxes have become a focal point of EA SPORTS’ titles – which is only natural given the large amount of revenue they bring in. But the more attention and notoriety Ultimate Team has received across multiple games, the more it’s become a lightning rod.

This has led to several countries trying to clamp down on EA’s gambling system. Canada has become the latest name to be associated with trying to prevent EA from offering in-game packs for real money.

The lawsuit was first reported by Business in Vancouver, a weekly business news journal in Canada.

Trent Alexander-Arnold looking to the left in FIFA 21
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People are spending lots of money to land the world’s best players.

Ultimate Team using “illegal” gambling system, lawsuit says

In the article, it states both Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore brought the lawsuit forward. The lawsuit description reads: “Class action for damages for unjust enrichment arising from defendants’ operation of an illegal gambling system through the sale of so-called “loot boxes” in popular video games”. 

The two games that are being specifically targeted are NFL 21 and Madden 21, both of which include an Ultimate Team game mode similar to that of FIFA 21. Lots of other EA games have included microtransactions as well, most notably: Star Wars Battlefront, UFC 3, and others.

The game’s scientific algorithm determines what the player’s money is rewarded with in Ultimate Team, when buying packs. It could contain the game’s best player or one that will never be used, leading to more money being spent in pursuit of the game’s best cards.

Canada is merely the latest country to be involved in an EA lawsuit regarding Ultimate Team with the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and others all joining in the fight to cease loot boxes.

Whether or not it results in a loot box ban later down the line in Canada remains to be seen.


How to complete FIFA 21 RTTF Knockout Stage Objectives: rewards & more

Published: 17/Nov/2020 21:23

by Bill Cooney


A brand new set of Objectives is live for FIFA 21 Ultimate Team’s Road to the Final promo, and we’ve got all the info on how to complete them and the rewards you’ll get from doing so.

RTTF has brought a ton of new content into FUT 21, and the latest Objective gives players the chance at even more rewards, potentially without having to fork over a single coin.

Unlike SBCs, these challenges don’t require you to build a specific squad, just that you win the required amount of matches. However, these Knockout Stage Objectives do have an extra wrinkle to them you do have to be aware of.

FIFA 21 RTTF Knockout Stage Objectives & rewards

FIFA RTTF Knockout objective
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You should be able to see the new Objective in your hub.

You only need to knock out six wins to complete all the different parts, but you have to do it within a 12 match limit, so be sure to bring the best squad you have available with you.

Below is the full list of Objectives you need to complete if you want to get all the way through, along with the reward for each tier:

  • One Win
    • 75+ Rare Player
    • 100 XP
  • Two Wins
    • Two Rare Gold Player Packs
    • 200 XP
  • Four Wins
    • Two Rare Gold Player Packs
    • 300 XP
  • Six Wins
    • 25,000 Pack
    • 55,000 Pack
    • 400 XP

Is the RTTF Knockout Stage Objective worth doing?

RTTF Knockout Stage Objectives
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Rewards for getting six wins in 12 matches and completing the Knockout Stage Objective.

All rewards you get by completing the Knockout Stage are untradeable, which has been met with confusion by a number of players since they don’t see the rewards listed above as good enough for the 12 game limit.

While the rewards might not be out of this world, you can’t knock EA for trying something other than the regular player Objectives. So, if you’re confident you can win at least half your matches, why not give it a go?

As always, keep it tuned to @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest updates, guides, and news on FIFA 21 and Ultimate Team