A new patch for FIFA 21 was released today, and apparently, it added a code which allows EA to block access to Ultimate Team in certain countries, due to gambling laws.
FIFA's Ultimate Team mode has been under the loop in recent years as many governments have started to take action against loot boxes, which have been labelled as gambling. As expected, EA have tried to fight against these claims but it seems this is a losing battle for the publisher, who recently got ordered by Dutch judge to pay 250.000 Euro per week as long as loot boxes stay in the game.
And it seems that EA have started to accept the fact that certain governments simply won't allow such practices. In the latest update for FIFA 21, EA have added a code that would allow them to block FIFA Ultimate Team in countries that banned predatory loot boxes due to their gambling laws.
And believe it or not, EA decided to blame the countries for not allowing the mode. Here's the message that will seemingly be displayed once EA block the mode: "FIFA Ultimate Team is currently not accessible due to a demand from the authorities of your region."
Controversial indeed but we would not expect anything less from California-based company. At the time of writing, we are yet to see reports of the mode being blocked but we will update the article if such claims start to surface on social media or gaming forums.
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