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Video game publisher EA SPORTS has launched an investigation following explosive claims by FIFA 21 players alleging dodgy dealing by one of the company’s employees.

Players of the popular video game have exposed the employee’s alleged dodgy actions, sharing screenshots of messages they claim to have received from the staff member requesting payment to secure some of the game’s most highly-valued in-game content.

Specifically, the employee is allegedly selling FIFA 21 ICON cards, representing in-game football stars, to gamers for up to AU$3200 each in a scheme that’s leaving other players without access to the rare cards.

These cards are the game’s most sought-after products, with players often spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours inside the game to have a slim chance of obtaining them.

The rarity of the cards has now evidently created a ‘black market’ within FIFA 21, contributing to the alleged ‘EA Gate’ scandal which has made waves across social media for the past two days.

EA SPORTS has now released their official response to the claims, promising to investigate the matter and take swift action if any wrongdoing is proven.

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“We want to be clear – this type of behaviour is unacceptable, and we in no way condone what is alleged to have happened here,” EA Sports said.

“We understand how this creates concern about unfair balance in the game and competition.

“We will update the community as we get more clarity on the situation.”

FIFA 21 ICON cards are in high demand around the world. Credit: EA SPORTS

The investigation was sparked by a series of posts that went viral on Twitter, containing screenshots from conversations which allegedly involve the EA employee.

In one conversation the employee tells a gamer that he’s selling a Ronaldo ICON card for US$2500 (AU$3200) and a Ruud Gullit ICON card for $1000 (AU$1290).

The employee promises there’s “no risk” with the transactions and the players can be sent “every Monday”.

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FIFA streamer Nick28T slammed the dodgy dealings on Twitter, alongside a series of images that seem to be proof of gamers buying ICON cards online.

“So we grind/trade/open packs and can’t touch these PIM players but EA employees sell them to people secretly for $1,700?!?! LOL I respect the grind but my god,” Nick wrote.

In another post, the FIFA gamer shared a video which seemingly show another player showing off his newly-purchased stash of special cards.

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A number of professional gamers and FIFA content creators have spoken out to slam the dodgy behaviour.

Karasuno Mav, who is a member of the EA Game Changers program, laid the blame on the video game publisher for restricting the supply of the cards to such an extent that employees would risk selling them online.

“I wanted to talk about the whole ICON ‘black market’,” Mav said in a Twitter video.

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“Now, I don’t agree with it and obviously people buying ICONs is not acceptable, but at the same time, I’m sorry and EA I know you’re not going to want to hear this and I’m a Game Changer, but this is your fault.

“This is literally your fault, this is all on you.”

Popular FIFA streamer NepentheZ said the employee’s alleged behaviour was a “kick in the balls” to everyone playing the game, given the amount of work involved in securing such highly-valued cards.

EA SPORTS has launched an investigation into the explosive claims.
EA SPORTS has launched an investigation into the explosive claims. Credit: EA SPORTS

“Outcome will be this. It’s 1 guy at EA doing something he shouldn’t, by selling Icons and TOTY’s to people for money,” Nepenthez wrote.

“Problem is, however, that’s it’s just a massive kick in the balls to literally everyone else. FUT players, EA Employees and all encompassed.

“I know social media is going to have a field day with the memes and jokes, but ultimately it exposes a huge f***ing problem with FUT at the moment, to the fact EA employees are (allegedly) having to SELL Icons for people to have a chance of using them. Needs changing.”


Video game publisher EA SPORTS has launched an investigation following explosive claims by FIFA 21 players alleging dodgy dealing by one of the company’s employees.

Players of the popular video game have exposed the employee’s alleged dodgy actions, sharing screenshots of messages they claim to have received from the staff member requesting payment to secure some of the game’s most highly-valued in-game content.

Specifically, the employee is allegedly selling FIFA 21 ICON cards, representing in-game football stars, to gamers for up to AU$3200 each in a scheme that’s leaving other players without access to the rare cards.

These cards are the game’s most sought-after products, with players often spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours inside the game to have a slim chance of obtaining them.

The rarity of the cards has now evidently created a ‘black market’ within FIFA 21, contributing to the alleged ‘EA Gate’ scandal which has made waves across social media for the past two days.

EA SPORTS has now released their official response to the claims, promising to investigate the matter and take swift action if any wrongdoing is proven.

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“We want to be clear – this type of behaviour is unacceptable, and we in no way condone what is alleged to have happened here,” EA Sports said.

“We understand how this creates concern about unfair balance in the game and competition.

“We will update the community as we get more clarity on the situation.”

FIFA 21 ICON cards are in high demand around the world.
FIFA 21 ICON cards are in high demand around the world. Credit: EA SPORTS

The investigation was sparked by a series of posts that went viral on Twitter, containing screenshots from conversations which allegedly involve the EA employee.

In one conversation the employee tells a gamer that he’s selling a Ronaldo ICON card for US$2500 (AU$3200) and a Ruud Gullit ICON card for $1000 (AU$1290).

The employee promises there’s “no risk” with the transactions and the players can be sent “every Monday”.

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FIFA streamer Nick28T slammed the dodgy dealings on Twitter, alongside a series of images that seem to be proof of gamers buying ICON cards online.

“So we grind/trade/open packs and can’t touch these PIM players but EA employees sell them to people secretly for $1,700?!?! LOL I respect the grind but my god,” Nick wrote.

In another post, the FIFA gamer shared a video which seemingly show another player showing off his newly-purchased stash of special cards.

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A number of professional gamers and FIFA content creators have spoken out to slam the dodgy behaviour.

Karasuno Mav, who is a member of the EA Game Changers program, laid the blame on the video game publisher for restricting the supply of the cards to such an extent that employees would risk selling them online.

“I wanted to talk about the whole ICON ‘black market’,” Mav said in a Twitter video.

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“Now, I don’t agree with it and obviously people buying ICONs is not acceptable, but at the same time, I’m sorry and EA I know you’re not going to want to hear this and I’m a Game Changer, but this is your fault.

“This is literally your fault, this is all on you.”

Popular FIFA streamer NepentheZ said the employee’s alleged behaviour was a “kick in the balls” to everyone playing the game, given the amount of work involved in securing such highly-valued cards.

EA SPORTS has launched an investigation into the explosive claims.
EA SPORTS has launched an investigation into the explosive claims. Credit: EA SPORTS

“Outcome will be this. It’s 1 guy at EA doing something he shouldn’t, by selling Icons and TOTY’s to people for money,” Nepenthez wrote.

“Problem is, however, that’s it’s just a massive kick in the balls to literally everyone else. FUT players, EA Employees and all encompassed.

“I know social media is going to have a field day with the memes and jokes, but ultimately it exposes a huge f***ing problem with FUT at the moment, to the fact EA employees are (allegedly) having to SELL Icons for people to have a chance of using them. Needs changing.”

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