EA has temporarily disabled content granting–allowing items to be directly given to a player’s account–as they continue to investigate whether an employee is responsible for selling high-value items on the black market in order to profit.
This news comes days after the company initially started the investigation. It’s alleged that one of the employees had been granting access to rare cards in FIFA 21 to buyers online for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The community has been referring to this as “EAGate”–which consists of leaked messages from a possible EA employee.
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Because EA is unsure who is behind the black market sales, and isn’t even sure if it’s actually an employee or someone who compromised an employee account, content granting has been disabled for now.
Content granting is typically used to give out free items during testing and quality assurance, as well as for employees, partners, and athletes at certain points. It’s likely you don’t fall into any of these categories, but it’s also used when someone accidentally deletes something or has it removed because of some other issue. This is not limited to FIFA, as other online games use this feature. Because content granting is completely disabled right now, anyone with an issue resulting from a deleted item will also be left blowing in the breeze until their problem can be resolved.
“We know that the trust of our communities is hard-earned, and is based on principles of Fair Play. This illicit activity shakes that trust. We’ve also been clear since the creation of Ultimate Team that items cannot be exchanged outside our game, and that’s key to how we keep our game safe from manipulation and bad actors. This is a breach of that principle, as well–and we won’t let it stand.”