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EA to crack down on Ultimate Team cheaters in FIFA 15

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Posted on August 22, 2014 AT 09:44am

EA has issued an open letter to the FIFA community discussing how it plans to combat cheating in FIFA 15.

“Although they are a minority amongst FIFA fans, cheaters disrupt the gameplay experience and enjoyment for honest FIFA fans in a number of ways,” the publisher wrote. “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 began by focusing on “bots” in Ultimate Team. Apparently, players are using bots to make incredibly high numbers of transfers in a short time, damaging the speed at which the market runs. EA also discussed the buying and selling of Coins in Ultimate Team, which is against the rules.

“Buying coins, selling coins, or promoting Coin Selling violates our Terms of Service and, if caught, will result in an FUT account ban (or even a full EA account ban), either immediately or after a warning or FUT Club reset,” a warning reads. “Engaging in these activities can result in your entire FUT Club, FUT account, and FIFA online access being banned.”

Since February 2014 hundreds of thousands of accounts have been banned for buying and selling coins, and to educate players EA laid out how its ban process works:

Moving forward, EA plans to be “more proactive” when it comes to taking action against players using bots or buying/selling coins. Moving into FIFA 15, the publisher is set to make security and the health of the transfer market a top priority in Ultimate Team.

“Our main goal is to counteract bots and resolve in-game exploits used to farm coins. This is an on-going process but the wheels are already in motion. Our team is constantly investigating ways to track them and keep them out of FUT.”

FIFA 15 is set to launch September 23 in North America and September 26 in Europe.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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