Microtransactions and lootboxes have started creating waves for all of the incorrect reasons in mainstream AAA games of late, however they have already been a mainstay of sports games for many years, due to EA’s Ultimate Team modes, which they’ve added to all of their EA Sports lineup within the final handful of years.
Needless to say, now that EA is below fire for its inclusion of microtransactions in its games, all of them are coming beneath scrutiny, such as its sports games- as an illustration, take NHL 18. As MP1ST reports, multiple Reddit customers have realized that packs that ‘guarantee’ Christmas Collectible cards, for instance, haven’t gotten what they have been promised- with one being told by an EA consumer service representative that the products are certainly not ‘100% guaranteed’, even though the pack literally says ‘1 assured Christmas collectible.’
So… this really is probably to blow back on EA within a large way. Ultimate Team would be the empire on which their fortune is built- when the economy is verified to become a farce and players quit investing in NHL, EA will be in difficulty. I hope they address this concern soon, for their sake.