EA accused of ‘capitalising’ on Bobby Charlton death with new FC 24 Promo

EA accused of ‘capitalising’ on Bobby Charlton death with new FC 24 Promo
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


25th Oct 2023 16:40

The footballing world was saddened by the passing of football legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who died on October 21 at the grand age of 86.

Charlton is remembered for winning the World Cup in 1966 with England and leaving a lasting legacy as one of the best players ever to sport a Manchester United jersey.

But after being recently added to EA FC 24 (before his passing) as an Icon card, it appears that he's set to get an upgrade in the football game through the upcoming Centurians promotion. Some fans of the sporting series think something is a little bit off...

Bobby Charlton set to be included in EA FC 24 Centurians promo


Off the back of the Trailblazers promo in EA FC 24, Centurians is next up. Less than a week after Charlton's death, leaks suggest that the Icon will be added, being upgraded from 92 to a 93 rating.

Renowned leaker FutSheriff first broke the leak, and their track record for accuracy isn't one that comes with scepticism. 

The leaker claims Charlton will be joined by Eusebio, Rooney, Jairzinho, Gullit, Zico, and Ashley Cole in what appears to be an extremely lucrative promo so early on in EA FC 24's cycle.

EA FC 24 fans take issue with using the late Bobby Charlton in new Centurians promo

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EA FC 24 fans are already blasting the game for its incredibly low pack weight (a severe lack of high-rated cards being found in packs, making SBCs much harder), which is forcing players to stop the "grind" and begin spending cash on FC Points and packs.

With this mindset being echoed by most EA FC 24 players, the inclusion of Charlton in the promo - which will inevitably line the pockets of the publishers - has rubbed some fans up the wrong way. Talking in the replies to the leak, one fan said, "Trust EA to try and gain from someone's death."

"Am I the only one that sees this for what it is? EA capitalising on someone’s death to make more money. The greed never ends," added a second fan. Others have claimed that EA should choose to honour Charlton with an easily-completed SBC, rather than profit from the pack-based gambling system.

"Is it only me or should EA make him a cheap Icon SBC to celebrate his football career and his life?" concluded one. Of course, removing Charlton from the game might not have made sense, given that many other icons have passed on, but including him in a promotional event less than a week after his death... yeah.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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