Trade offers will no longer be available in FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team mode, EA has announced.
In a blog post on their website, the developer revealed this step has been taken as they try and battle the people who use this system to farm coins.
The trade feature was used to offer a specific exchange for cards instead to putting the card up for auction, and was a good way to share cards with friends.
The post explained that: “Although some honest players used this feature to trade with friends, it became one of the methods used by coin sellers to sell and move coins.
“Account phishers also abused Trade Offers by moving stolen players and coins after wrongfully gaining access to unsuspecting FUT player accounts.
“This will also address “bid bumping”, where people would try and trick others into bidding far more than they wanted for a player item.”
This is another step in the attempt to clamp down on people illegally buying or selling coins. EA has previously outlined a banning system that will be in place for FIFA 15 and will work on a three-strike system, with a third strike earning a ban from online play in FIFA. Coin selling results in a permanent online ban for all EA games.
They concluded that: “It was a tough decision, but this is the right step towards improving security, showing cheaters the red card, and keeping FUT safe for all FIFA fans.”
The post also announced a few more pieces of information regarding Ultimate Team. In terms of Transfer Targets, once a player utilises the EA Sports Football Club boosts available in-game, you will be able to bid on up to 50 cards at a time.
In another attempt to add another layer of security, EA will be making it compulsory to log in to your Origin account when you try and enter the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team web app.
FIFA 15 is due for release on the 26th September on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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