Strict penalties for those caught farming, buying or selling FIFA Ultimate Team coins.
EA has posted an open letter to the FIFA community outlining new steps the company are putting in place to seek out and punish people getting involved in FUT coin scams.
“Although they are a minority amongst FIFA fans, cheaters disrupt the gameplay experience and enjoyment for honest FIFA fans in a number of ways," said EA. "These include things like overloading servers, phishing and compromising other player accounts, and participating in the unauthorized exchange of virtual currency. It’s time for us to draw a clear and strong line against cheaters who negatively impact the FIFA experience for our millions of players online.”
The letter pledges to crackdown on players using ‘bots’ to farm ultimate team coins and those found buying or selling coins on third-party websites.
Coins are an in-game currency for Ultimate Team which are earned through trading players and playing matches. EA don’t sell coins and condone those that do considering it as cheating.
EA state some players are using ‘bots’ to automatically buy players from the Ultimate Team transfer market in order to farm coins to sell outside the game for real money.
"The FIFA Ultimate Team infrastructure is designed to provide an optimal experience with human parameters in mind," EA state.
"However, our data shows that these bots generate four times as many Transfer Market searches than all human FUT players combined. This severely impacts the game and your playing experience on a daily basis.
"The use of bots and third-party bot services to automatically buy Transfer Market items in order to gain an unfair advantage is a form of cheating. Gamers detected using bots, third-party bot services, or scripts for any purpose will be subject to our ban process."
EA’s ban gives three strikes to those caught buying or promoting coins as follows:
- Step 1 (Warning) - Warning email and in-game message.
- Step 2 (Yellow Card) - Reset of FIFA Ultimate Team club and FIFA Points returned
- Step 3 (Red Card) - Permanent ban from FIFA online
Furthermore. those found selling or farming coins are subject to a ‘straight red’ resulting in a permanent online ban from all EA games
EA state that hundreds of thousands of accounts have received bans since February in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team
Promising to be ‘more proactive’ in dishing out punishments to coin trading offenders in future, EA also seek to ensure the health and security of the transfer market in FIFA 15 Ultimate team.