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FIFA 19: EA Sports just gave Ultimate Team fans the news they wanted to hear

They've finally cave under pressure

FIFA 19 will feature Ultimate Team packs that disclose the odds of containing a decent player.

EA Sports Vice President, Daryl Holt, spoke to Eurogamer at the Gamelab 2018 conference in Spain.


FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon


He said: “For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting.

“You are getting a certain number of assets that are guaranteed – and we’re going to start to do pack odds disclosures that’ll show you the odds of what you might get.”

The news follows a massive move from governments to crack down on loot boxes – purchasable in-game packs that contain random contents.

Earlier this year, the Belgian Gaming Commission ruled lootboxes were illegal.

You’ll now know what the chances are of packing these guys

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You’ll now know what the chances are of packing these guys

The governing body looked at Star Wars Battlefront 2, FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and found three of the titles were in violation of the country’s gambling legislation.

Star Wars was the only title that did not break the rules because EA stripped out the game’s loot boxes after its launch debacle.

FIFA 18, Overwatch and CS:GO’s loot boxes rely on chance so are subject to Belgian gambling law.

Some gamers spend hundreds a year on Ultimate Team

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Some gamers spend hundreds a year on Ultimate Team

A statement from Minister of Justice Koen Geens said the games were therefore illegal and demanded loot boxes to be removed.

At the time, thy warned that should lootboxes not be removed, publishers risked “a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros”.

When minors are involved, those punishments could be doubled.

“It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we cannot allow that,” Geens said.


FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon


“Given the importance of the protection of minors and vulnerable players, this was very worrying.”

The move will please thousands of Ultimate Team fans – who spend hundreds of pounds every year in the hope of ‘packing’ FIFA 18’s best players.

Many complained packs are unbalanced and rarely contain players of any use.

Some gamers have complained that packs don’t contain enough decent players

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Some gamers have complained that packs don’t contain enough decent players

Meanwhile, the UK’s Gambling Commission still doesn’t think loot boxes are gambling or illegal in any way – but as cadence gathers in Europe, how long it’ll stay that way is anybody’s guess.


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