EA Releases Statement After Claims It Takes 22,000 Hours To Build Best FIFA Team
Building an Ultimate Team is FIFA's selling point in the current climate. Gone are the days of Career Mode and practising Free Kicks with Barcelona's '09 Ronaldinho in the arena. The online game mode has even eclipsed Pro Clubs in terms of active players, and it's quite clear as to why... money.
FUT generates inordinate amounts of revenue from its microtransactions, as players look to find any means to build upon their 83 rated centre back who keeps getting outpaced by prime R9.
However, the pay-to-win techniques of the mode are constantly under fire from authorities, fans, and even some of their streamers.
Twitch streamer "ScudzTV" has calculated that it takes 22,000 hours to build the best team in FIFA. His team consists of eleven prime Icons including 99-rated Pele, 95-rated Johan Cruyff, and the deadly 97-rated Ronaldo up top. With the streamers team costing 100,000,000 FIFA Coins, he has launched an attack at EA Sports for how long it takes to build.
1 - Play games: 100 Million Coins of gameplay
Taking to Twitter, Scudz's first method of making the whopping sum of coins stems from simply playing games. He stated: "Assuming an average of 1,500 coins a game (accounting for weekly rewards) that's a mere 66,666 games". With the average game lasting roughly 20 minutes, that's a small matter of 22,000 non-stop hours or 916 days of straight gameplay with no sleep.
2 - Trading: 100 Million Coins of trading
Taking to the trading marked can also reap rewards, finding players on the cheap and selling them on for a profit. Although the math on Scudz's calculations is quite subjective in terms of success on the market, he's predicted this method is much quicker, but still takes 1,650 hours or 69 days of trading 24/7.
3 - Spending Money: 100 Million Coins from FIFA Points
If you listen closely, you can hear the clinking of metal as a golden coin trickles from the EA owners' bellybutton after bathing in their wealth. As a quick shortcut to making FIFA coins, the microtransactions are where EA makes a fortune, and according to Scudz's calculus, it's clear to see why. With 100,000 coins as the benchmark beverage for investing in 12,000 FIFA Points, it would cost £79,990 to buy the Icon team.
Are there other ways to earn money quickly?
Yes. Although a slice of luck is required.
All three methods are lootbox free techniques, meaning that this involves not opening a single pack. This includes rewards from Divisions Rivals, Squad Battles, Fut Champions, Online Drafts, and Squad Builder Challenges.
With each of the mentioned game modes, packs are available which involve a lot of luck. Sometimes you can pour 50k coins into getting an Ultimate Pack and be rewarded with a loss in profits. Other times the coin can land on your side, and pack a player worth hundreds of thousands from investing as little as 7.5k.
Despite Scudz's methods, money can be made slightly quicker, although this doesn't mean you'll be an overnight millionaire. Lootboxes may also be on their way out of FIFA, with pending lawsuits against the developers who encourage a pay-to-win method that can also be transferred as gambling.
In a final statement to his thread, Scudz cocked his arrow and set fire at EA, stating "If profits are your aim, then congratulations you win, and do continue the way you are. However, if compassion for your community and running a game that offers a fair playing field for the best is your aim then you are failing miserably".
EA hit back with a statement to The Mirror, stating: "We're aware there has been recent speculation on what it takes to have a great FIFA Ultimate Team in EA SPORTS FIFA. While we respect the effort and creativity to map out possible paths to greatness, we challenge the premise of these theories. There are a lot of assumptions being made in the calculations."
They continued: "For example, you can't accurately calculate how many coins you would earn from trading as that would depend on your skill as a trader. There are also other aspects of the game that contribute to building your club such as SBCs, Objectives and Draft, which have to be accounted for as well. As importantly, FIFA is a game of skill. The skill of the player is the greatest factor in the outcome of matches or challenges in FIFA - a strong player can be successful whether their team is bronze, silver, gold or a mixture of all three. You don't need the highest-rated players in the game in order to win."
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