FIFA 22 will not escape the tradition of prize funds, apparently, despite the numerous controversies and controversies they have generated over the years, but in this case they have been modified in such a way that we can see in advance that what they will contain, thus substantially changing the perception of these micro-transactions through i Preview Packages.
Beyond the basic ethical issues, deriving from the need to separately purchase items through micro-transactions that can lead to pay to win, the fundamental issue that has also been debated in the legislative field is the fact that the prize funds have been assimilated to gamble in some countries, as happened in Belgium and as has long been discussed also in the UK.
This association between prize funds and gambling derives, in large part, from the uncertainty that drives the purchase: since these are surprise packages, you are sure of the value of the purchased good but you can’t know what’s inside, a situation that determines a condition similar to gambling, with similar psychological consequences.
A partial solution to the problem has already been tested by EA with the introduction of Preview Pack already designed for FIFA 21, which is a system that allows you to have a preview of the package contents to buy in FIFA Ultimate Team and this idea will remain in FIFA 22 as well.
EA has confirmed the return of the Preview Packages also in the new chapter, in order to alleviate, at least partially, the gambling effect typical of the prize boxes.
This system allows you to see the contents of some packages in the store, so you can be sure what you are buy, but it seems that other packages are still destined to remain available “blindly”, so it is, at least for the moment, still an intermediate solution, probably to be calibrated in the future.
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