Belgium becomes the first country to stop selling FIFA Points in attempt to combat gambling 1 year ago

Belgium becomes the first country to stop selling FIFA Points in attempt to combat gambling

Will other countries start to follow suit?

Belgium have become the first country to stop selling FIFA points to gamers, following a statement released by EA on Tuesday.

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The ability to purchase FIFA points has been the topic of discussion for quite a while now, given the ease with which children can blow funds without even thinking about it.

It is often the case that a card can be attached to an account on a console, and there have been stories of young gamers going through thousands of euro on their parents account.

There is also the issue that in tournaments and competitions, those who have the finances to purchase FIFA points are at an immediate advantage, thus rendering it unfair.

EA released a statement following the decision to stop selling the points in gamers.

It read:

"After further discussions with the Belgian authorities, we have decided to stop offering FIFA Points for sale in Belgium. We’re working to make these changes effective in our FIFA console and PC games by January 31, 2019.

"This means that players in Belgium will not be able to purchase points to obtain FIFA Ultimate Team packs.  Players still can access Ultimate Team and play with their existing players. All content in the game can be earned through gameplay, as has always been the case, and players can continue to use coins and the in-game transfer market.

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"Any players in Belgium that have existing FIFA Points in their accounts can continue to use them, but they will not be able to purchase more. We apologise to our players in Belgium for any inconvenience caused by this change.

"We seek to bring choice, fairness, value and fun to our players in all our games. In addition to providing players options in how they play, we include pack probabilities in our games for the transparency players want to make informed content choices.

"While we are taking this action, we do not agree with Belgian authorities’ interpretation of the law, and we will continue to seek more clarity on the matter as we go forward. The impact of this change to FIFA Ultimate Team in Belgium is not material to our financial performance."