Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Effects of “Bots” on Ultimate Team

Aside from manipulating in-game exploits in FIFA Ultimate Team, cheaters use online tools known as “bots” to automatically buy items off the Transfer Market and farm coins with the intention to sell. These illicit coins are often sold online for real money through Coin Selling websites.

As most of you know, trading in the FUT Web App (the online web portal for FIFA Ultimate Team) had been unavailable for FIFA 14. We chose to deactivate Web App trading due to the severe Transfer Market search issues caused by coin-farming bots.

Bots make an incredibly high number of Transfer Market searches and bids at rates significantly higher than what is humanly possible. The FUT infrastructure is designed to provide an optimal experience with human parameters in mind.

However, our data shows that these bots generate four times as many Transfer Market searches than all human FUT players combined. This severely impacts the game and your playing experience on a daily basis and leads to side effects that you may have experienced, such as…

The use of bots and third party bot services to automatically buy Transfer Market items in order to gain an unfair advantage is a form of cheating. Gamers detected using bots, third party bot services, or scripts for any purpose will be subject to our ban process below.

Bots used to farm FIFA 15 coins diminish the FIFA experience for honest gamers.