Conversely, there are players that were purchased for a great deal before the cap was introduced that now cannot be sold even at their minimum, because the minimum is a stark amount of coins – fifa coins that players don’t have, because they can no longer ship their players without the ease of open-bid auctions.
Sometimes developers make changes that fans think, “Thank God, I’ve been waiting months for that.” And then there are times when a developer makes a change that causes you to have an aneurysm, with a bleeding nose not unlike a classic Japanese anime.
EA’s currently stuck between both extremes, with users delighted – but mostly angered – by their recent change to alter the transfer market within FIFA 15‘s Ultimate Team mode.
“We want to keep the game fair and secure for everyone, and ensure a level playing field for all [FIFA Ultimate Team] fans,” EA wrote in a blog post explaining the changes. “To accomplish this we have to root out the activities of coin farmers and cheaters who are harming your experience with the game.”
“These exploiters generate coins illegitimately in the FUT economy through the use of bots and phishing scams, creating a flood of fraudulent in-game currency and driving up the cost of players on the Transfer Market,” the developer added.
Sounds all well and good in theory, but as is often the case, things are trickier than they seem. For instance, gold cards featuring Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge were available for a mere 16,000 coins, while the minimum Sturridge sells for now is 150,000 coins.
The Guardian has gone to the trouble of asking a few YouTubers, dedicated to the FUT cause, their opinion. It’s well worth the longer read, although it should be noted that the intricacies of FUT, and the market in particular, are not as simple as some of you might be imagining.