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EA prepares to block FIFA Ultimate Team mode amid loot box lawsuits

Electronic Arts (EA) is reviewing its European terms of play related to its ‘Ultimate Team’ mode of the popular FIFA video game series, aiming to avoid further regulatory disputes.   Games industry news sources report that the latest ‘FIFA patch’ features a code input that will allow developers to disable Ultimate Team in certain countries which hold conflicting gambling laws in …

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Belgian gambling authority investigating Battlefront II loot boxes

Star Wars Battlefront II was released this week, and with it came further questions surrounding the game’s use of virtual ‘loot boxes’. The game, created by California-based video gaming giants Electronic Arts (EA), has drew criticism for implementing these add-on boxes that must be purchased with real-life cash, and is now under investigation from the Belgian Gaming Commission. Critics say …

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Ollie Ring – Esports Insider – Can FIFA join esports respected ranks?

For a number of years’ FIFA Football has ranked amongst the world’s top-selling video games, bridging a vital gap between generations’ of console gamers. However, despite FIFA’s popularity, the game has yet to crack the top echelon of competitive esports play and competition. Esports Insider’s Ollie Ring details what he believes is hindering FIFA’s progress within esports ranks and why …

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Are Manchester United set to enter esports?

It is being reported that Manchester United are in a bidding war with esports organisation Fnatic to acquire a European Overwatch team.  Reports have claimed that Fnatic countered an offer made by the Red Devils only for the club to then make a counter offer of its own, which is a clear sign of intent and dedication if this is true. Whilst Mourinho’s …

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Peter Warman – Newzoo – Esports market intelligence is key

Newzoo is a global market research and predictive analytics firm which focuses first and foremost on gaming. Headquartered in Amsterdam, it releases regular reports and predictions on esports amongst many other topics. SBC caught up with CEO and Co-Founder Peter Warman ahead of his talk on esports at ICE Totally Gaming. Warman will be a speaker at the ‘Fireside Chat: …

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eSports 2015 SBC report – Part 2

Following Part 1’s assessment of the key occurrences in the eSports industry from a business perspective in the opening six months of 2015, here’s more of the same for the latter part of the year. August Ashton Kutcher became the latest high profile investor in eSports as he joined billionaire Mark Cuban in investing in Unikrn. Kutcher has a successful …

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EA announces eSports division

EA has announced the launch of a purely eSports division of the company which will be known as the Competitive Gaming Division, or CGD. In his new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Competition Officer at EA, Peter Moore will head up the CGD. EA boasts such titles as Madden, Battlefield, and of course Fifa and will be looking …

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