FIFA 18 has been dying a death for quite a while now, with many pro players quitting the game because of the stress it puts on them; having to commit to 40 games per account each weekend. Many YouTubers and Streamers have also either stopped playing or reduced the content they put out, and are playing games such as Fortnite and PUBG instead.
With community campaigns such as #FixFifa falling on deaf ears, and updates intended to make the game more enjoyable doing nothing of the sort; its kind of easy to see why. All the while EA are quite happy to release promotions such as Path to Glory and Ones to Watch; in which special packs will hit the store to lure in players to spend their Fifa Points hoping to pull a big card. Fifa Points which deplete incredibly quickly when we have 100k/125k packs in store. 12000 points will set you back £79.99; and with the packs costing 2000/2500 points respectively you can see why so many players are getting in real-life financial issue after becoming addicted to opening them.
YouTubers have videos out where they open an obscene amount of packs; costing an incredible amount of money, however this is money they have earned from their channel or that they have been given as a sponsorship deal from sites like G2A. Therefore they are either using these packs as a source of income or as a partnership for their business. This can however lead to their viewers striving to do the same, and have the same teams that their favourite YouTube stars have. This is not a dig at the YouTubers mind you; they are simply making a living by providing us with entertaining content for free! My issue is how much it costs for people to replicate that; micro transactions are never going away, but they also shouldn’t leave people in debt.
Icons are the big one this year, with players craving these elusive cards, I have opened a lot of packs this year and am yet to get that lucky. As of last night EA have released a new Squad Building Challenge which rewards you with a guaranteed Icon. Yes it may be a base Icon; but an Icon nonetheless. I have completed two of these so far, first I got very lucky and managed to get a Patrick Vieira; my second was the not so impressive Inzaghi who was immediately used in the prime Rio SBC.
There are also upgrade SBCs available where you can get cards that are 82-85 rated, 84-87 or 86-89. Add that to the Gold upgrade plus which is expiring today and you have a great chance of getting something worthwhile. We have been crying out for something like this for a long time and EA have finally delivered. We also have the details of FUT birthday to come later today, which I hope will give some more content for free, although the pessimist in me can only see Fifa Points in the near future, only time will tell.