EA To “Investigate” Potential FIFA Stats Glitch

Over the weekend, players of FIFA 16 thought they might have found a glitch in the game’s Ultimate Team mode that was failing to apply certain stats boosts to particular kinds of paid-for footballer cards. Now EA have commented to say they’re looking into the issue.

In a post on the FIFA forums, community manager Rob Hodson wrote that:

Thanks to the FUT community for raising awareness of a potential fitness and chemistry inconsistency in some FUT items. After hearing this, our teams were in over the weekend and continue to thoroughly investigate the information. We will keep you informed with updates from the investigation.

Our commitment to a fun, fair and secure experience in FIFA is ongoing, and as a community your feedback helps us achieve that goal. A special thanks for your continuous efforts across all channels.

Which doesn’t confirm that there is a problem, but confirms that EA are looking into player’s concerns.

To briefly re-cover why this is relevant: FIFA Ultimate Team is the mode in which players can buy cards representing footballers using real money. They’re like football stickers, except you can then play those footballers in your team during online matches. EA release multiple versions of those cards, including an “In form” version with higher stats for footballers who are playing well in the real world. It appears, if research by players is accurate, that those cards aren’t then receiving further stats boosts from the game’s Chemistry rating, which are a measure of how suitable players in your team are to play alongside one another.

In other words, players who have spent real money on the game – sometimes in the hundreds or thousands of pounds – might have not received what they paid for or at least what they thought they were paying for.

It’s good that EA have acknowledged the concerns, given how often these kinds of things go unanswered, but it’ll be all the more interesting to see the results of the development team’s digging. It is possible, for example, that this is not a glitch at all but intended behaviour that has never been explained. Explaining it now to a frustrated audience of purchasers who feel duped might be difficult.


  1. Siresly says:

    That dead fish smile is the best thing in the history of FIFA games.

  2. satan says:

    I’m a bit behind the times I’ll admit but…

    Pay2win microtransactions in an annual (new version of the game comes out every 12 months) soccer title? Am I reading this right?

    • anHorse says:

      I think they made the p2w part standalone at some point but yeah

      All the sports games do it now

      • Zankman says:

        They did make it standalone in the F2P Fifa World, available on PC via Origin.

        However, they then realized that this was unnecessary – why give it away for free when they can still sell full-priced FIFA *and* have UT?

        The nebulous thing was that FIFA World was PC-only and used an older engine… So, I assume that they were targeting the PC market in piracy-heavy areas, like, say, Russia.

        I guess it didn’t produce the financial results they were hoping for, though.

    • Zankman says:

      Yes, it is P2W just like any Trading Card Game is, just like Hearthstone and Magic are.

      They started doing it with FIFA 2010 if I remember correctly.

      How they are getting away with it, while selling a full-priced game ever year? No one knows…

  3. Gwilym says:

    a face at peace with the world

  4. Zankman says:

    This is all fine and dandy, but, what about the AI scripting when it comes to Human vs AI matches?

    Will they EVER remove/change that?

  5. sianma41 says:

    EA “investigating” this is really bad though isn’t it? The system they had basically removed, or at least reduced, the pay to win aspect. If EA “fix” this, the game becomes much more pay to win than it was before.

    Anyway, fifa is full of this kind of thing. It helps to replicate the way real football is – pure skill and attributes is far from the end of the story.

  6. natebud says:

    Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t seem phased by the ordeal