Typically, legitimate ways of acquiring these cards involve trading between players or purchasing random loot packs, which makes these cards incredibly rare. And it should be noted that Icon and TOTY cards are not only rare because of famous players, but because their competitive stats are also some of the best in the game.
The exchange has since been named EA Gate on social media. You can check out the alleged details in a tweet from @FutArcade below.
Special thanks to @RiberaRibell for the photo he did an amazing job
– Arcade-Fut (@FutArcade) March 10, 2021
It’s unclear exactly how these transactions begin, but according to the chat screenshots, someone looking for rare FUT cards just needs to provide their PSN and EA ID, along with the appropriate funds. When asked if there is a reason to worry about being banned, the seller says there is “no risk” but cannot disclose why for safety’s sake.
The alleged seller appears to be offering a menu of items, including 3 Icon cards for 750 euros (~ $ 895) or 3 Icon cards and 2 Team of the Year cards for 1000 euros (~ $ 1,193).
In a statement posted to EA Sports FIFA’s official Twitter account, the company says it is aware of the allegations and has opened an investigation.
“A full investigation is underway, and if we identify improper conduct, we will take prompt action,” EA says. “We want to be clear – this type of behavior is unacceptable, and we do not condone what would have happened here in any way.”
– EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) March 10, 2021
IGN contacted EA and received the same statement posted on Twitter. We will have updates for when EA concludes its investigation.
Matt TM Kim is editor-in-chief of IGN.