Why buying coins in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team is illegal and why you should avoid it

Coin distribution is an illegal activity in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team (Images via EA Sports)
Coin distribution is an illegal activity in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team (Images via EA Sports)

Historically, Ultimate Team has been the most popular game mode in FIFA, and it seems this trend continues in FIFA 23 as well. EA Sports has put immense effort to make FUT the most engaging and immersive experience in the history of the franchise by adding a host of new features and improvements.

Similar to previous years, Ultimate Team will attract a large number of new players who could get overwhelmed by all the various possibilities involved in building a squad and competing in PvP and PvE competitions. Therefore, it is important for beginners to have all the help they can get in traversing the various aspects of FUT and enjoying their FIFA 23 experience.


Coin buying is tempting but is it illegal activity in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team?

Ultimate Team is EA Sports' most profitable venture and contributes to a significant portion of their annual revenue through microtransactions. These microtransactions occur in FIFA 23 in the form of FIFA points used to purchase packs.

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FIFA points have been a key part of the game for years, helping those willing to shell money on the game gain an advantage over their fellow competitors. Gamers can use their FIFA points to open packs and obtain players to add to their squad or increase their coin balance and build the squad of their dreams.

Despite being seen as unfair by many, this is how Ultimate Team has always operated. However, back in the early days of FUT, third-party coin sellers were very prominent as they offered a cheaper and more efficient alternative to FIFA points.


What is coin selling in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team?

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Coin selling is an inherently illegal activity in FIFA, as it involves the transfer of FUT coins from one account to another. This is done by the buyer listing a card on the FUT transfer market and the coin seller buying that particular card at an inflated price.

The process was much cheaper in the early days of FIFA 12 and 13, but EA Sports tried to bring a stop to this by introducing price ranges, essentially adding a price cap on the FUT items to a certain limit, disallowing the free transfer of coins. Even though this made the overall process more drawn-out, coin-selling is still just as rampant as ever.


Why is coin buying in FIFA 23 a bad idea?

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EA Sports employs several measures to detect any suspicious transfer market activity. If gamers are caught trying to transfer coins by being involved in shady FUT market trades where a card is purchased for a much higher amount than normal, their accounts can be flagged by the developers, get coin-wiped or even permanently banned from the FIFA 23 transfer market.

There have been multiple high-profile instances of professional esports players being disqualified from tournaments due to their accounts being detected for coin buying. This is an unfortunate occurrence, as FIFA esports players have to invest enormous amounts of money to create a competitive team, and the cost of FIFA points often drives them towards third-party coin sellers.

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