In the middle of the month, Ukraine made headlines for an illegal cryptocurrency mining farm, where they found 3,800 Playstation 4 consoles. However, this week it emerged that they were actually using to create and sell coins and accounts for EA’s FIFA games.
Ukrainian news outlet Delo reported that PCs were running bots on consoles to play FIFA and automatically win a coin in the game (what is known as farm). Players can use FIFA Coins in Ultimate Team (FUT) mode to choose the most wanted players in an open market or open FUT packs in hopes of upgrades for your squads.
The point is that you are loot boxes of FUT can also be opened with real money, and that this alleged farm was stealing electricity.
Although buying or selling FIFA coins for real money is against EA’s policies, that did not stop the growing black market for digital currency. A practice that is beginning to extend is that people sell coins or game accounts loaded with the currency to players who are desperate to build a roster of dream FUTs. One site I reviewed listed a PS4 FIFA 21 account with 5.1 million coins per 300 dollars.
The Ultimate Team modes in EA sports games are a big part of the game developer’s income. Last year, EA earned $ 1.62 billion from Ultimate Team, which represented 29 percent of its net revenue for the fiscal year. “A substantial part” of that revenue came from FIFA games, they explained.
Meanwhile, FUT packages and other loot boxes were the subject of much controversy and even attracted political interest in regulating them. Since players cannot see which soccer players they will unlock when purchasing a pack, some authorities have described the packs as a form of play.
In fact, Belgium banned such game mechanics in 2018. This summer, perhaps in an attempt to avoid criticism, EA began testing a type of FUT package that allows players to preview content.
The find in Vinnytsia
Ukraine cryptocurrency farm ps4 playstation. (Photo: Ukraine Police)
The illegal farm was found in Vinnytsia, a Ukrainian town. In principle, the illegality could be in making use of the electrical network in such an exaggerated way without any kind of permission. But the Ukrainian authorities did not provide further details of the operation so far.
The local police reported that they had not suspected the place until they detected a very high peak in consumption that led to the discovery of the clandestine business.
In addition to Sony consoles, 500 video cards and 50 processors were seized. They also took numerous documents, telephones and USB hard drives.
The illegal farm to mine cryptocurrencies that was thwarted in Ukraine.
Finally, although everything pointed to that they dedicated to mining cryptocurrencies, the police investigations realized that it was to be used in this currency system in gameFrom Fifa, the most played soccer video game in the world.