EA is going to crack down on coin trading in FIFA 15.
In a letter to FIFA fans, EA detailed the problem of “bots” on the Ultimate Team mode.
Under normal circumstances, gamers are able to buy players off the Ultimate Team’s Transfer Market via in-game coins.
Cheaters, however, have found a way to use “bots” to beat the system and farm coins with the intention of selling them for real money via illegal Coin Selling websites.
If illegal coin selling wasn’t bad enough, the “bots” being used generate up to four times as many searches on the Transfer Market, resulting in gamers experiencing “stuck” transfers, missing coins, “lost” players, and getting no results for searches in the Transfer Market.
FUT producer Marcel Kuhn spoke to Eurogamer about the situation: “I’ve just returned from Gamescom. I talked to a couple of fans there. We know first hand people are suffering from this and we want to make sure we secure our system to ensure they have the best possible experience when they play Ultimate Team.”
To combat cheating, EA has come up with a strict ban system.
Those caught buying coins or promoting coin buying for the first time will get a warning. Second time offenders will be handed a yellow card, which resets a FUT Club and returns FIFA points. A third offense by the gamer would result in a Red card and EA issuing a permanent FIFA online ban.
Those who engage in coin selling and farming will get a straight red from the go.
EA also plans to hand out permanent FIFA online bans to PC, Pro Clubs, and FIFA Interactive World Cup cheaters.
FIFA 15 will be available on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC in North America on September 23, 2014, and in Europe on September 26, 2014.