EA employee allegedly selling Ultimate Team cards for cash, spawning #EAGate hashtag

FIFA 21 (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

What you need to know

  • Social media has been ablaze with allegations that an EA Sports employee is selling FIFA Ultimate Team cards for real money.
  • Conversations between an alleged employee show a discussion on pricing, with some cards fetching up to $2500.
  • EA Sports has yet to officially comment on the claims.

Early Wednesday morning, the hashtag "#EAGate" began trending on Twitter, with various users claiming that an alleged EA employee was selling cards for FIFA 21's popular Ultimate Team mode for real cash.

Things began when a Twitter user shared screenshots of what they purport to be between a customer and an alleged EA employee, as the two discuss pricing for recently released, high level cards. In the conversation, they discuss the pricing of the cards (which seem to go up to $2500), and the customer even asks how exactly the cards will be delivered, with the seller confirming that they would appear in their account via EA.

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For those unaware, FIFA's Ultimate Team Mode has long been one of its most popular, with players able to collect cards of their favorite players and build a team with them. However, the mode is notoriously criticized for its extreme reliance on microtransactions, and third-party sellers have always been a part of the FUT community, even though EA Sports has attempted to crack down on them in recent times.

However, while fans of the game have always jokingly said that EA employees were giving away cards, finding out that one may be selling them is an entirely different story. Currently, EA Sports has yet to comment on the claims, but various popular FIFA 21 streamers have already come out to share their frustration with the news.

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Among the biggest complaints is the fact that it seems like a slap in the face for players to spend real-life money on packs in the hopes of pulling rare cards, just for someone to be selling the specific cards for even higher prices.

It's unclear at the moment what, if anything, will come of this story. Should it prove to be true, it'll be interesting to see what EA does in response, and how they crack down to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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Anthony Nash has been writing about games and the gaming industry for nearly a decade. When he’s not writing about games, he’s usually playing them. You can find him on Twitter talking about games or sports at @_anthonynash.

  • Well he's fired
  • Doesn't it seem a little ironic that something like this would be said? "Among the biggest complaints is the fact that it seems like a slap in the face for players to spend real-life money on packs in the hopes of pulling rare cards, just for someone to be selling the specific cards for even higher prices." People trying to pour money into pay-to-win mechanics are upset that other people are out-pay-to-winning them, and they don't like it? I get what this employee is doing is shady as hell, and the fact it's even POSSIBLE to do this suggests there's a stupid design flaw in the Ultimate Team system that allows distribution of cards like that. The guy's getting fired, and for good reason. Beyond that, I kind of don't care. It's a scummy lootbox mechanic that got exploited. What we're calling a scandal here is ultimately an employee who is cheating the system to get people what they want, rather than making them pay into the black box of RNG that is Ultimate Team packs. From that standpoint, I feel like this scumbag's at least got a MORE honest scam going that what these digital collectible cards offer. At least REAL trading cards lasted forever, unlike Ultimate Team, which wants you to pout thousands of dollars into an annual sports title before EA burns your earnings to the ground and makes you start all over in the new game.
  • I agree with you.
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  • I wouldn't be surprised if it was true after all this would be an inevitable out come of pay to win microtransactions of F.U.T.