EA Sports is cracking down on FIFA 14 cheaters in a big way with FIFA 15 ahead, targeting those in particular who manipulate the Ultimate Team coin system and ruin the experience for others.
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In a post on the EA’s FIFA website, the developers outlined the types of cheating that goes on in-game, and explained at length what they intend to do to stop the exploiting the system.
“Although they are a minority amongst FIFA fans, cheaters disrupt the gameplay experience and enjoyment for honest FIFA fans in a number of ways,” the post states. “These include things like overloading servers, phishing and compromising other player accounts, and participating in the unauthorized exchange of virtual currency. It’s time for us to draw a clear and strong line against cheaters who negatively impact the FIFA experience for our millions of players online.”
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Some cheaters employ bots to automatically purchase items on the Ultimate Team Transfer Market and farm coins intended for sale, often in return for real money on coin exchange websites. EA shut down the transfer market to investigate the bot activity and its effects, and determined that they can make four times as many searches as all of the FUT human players combined.