An unknown EA employed is alleged to be selling FIFA 21 Ultimate Team cards worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The scandal, which has been nicknamed “EAGate”, has prompted the company to issue a statement saying it’s opened an investigation.
Eurogamer reported that messages, captured by WhatsApp, show an employee offering icon packages ranging from 750‑1000 euros (around $840–1,200). One package of Prime Icon Moments cards were even offered for 1,700 euros ($2,000) One of the messages assures a potential customer that there is no risk of being banned, but can’t specify why for “security reason.”
They also appear to show the sale of a bundle of high-value cards going through and then showing up in the game shortly after.
EA’s FIFA Twitter account has already shared a statement about a “thorough investigation” followed by “swift action” if any improper conduct is discovered. Of course, it also mentions understanding concerns about “unfair balance in the game and competition.”
Icon Cards, like the ones being offered by the seller, are hard to obtain through randomized packs. The Prime Icon Moments are even rarer than that, and some players spend thousands on packs trying to obtain these cards. Since this appears to be a direst sale from within the game itself, it seems to suggest someone within the company is doing some shady business.