Former Electronic Arts executive Peter Moore has come out to defend FIFA’s Ultimate Team mode, saying he does not believe its loot boxes constitute a form of gambling as lawsuits have claimed.
Speaking to GI.biz, the executive said he believes the way that FIFA Ultimate Team’s loot boxes employ a “surprise and delight” tactic is a far cry from actual gambling.
“You’re always getting something,” he said. “It’s not like you opened it and there’s no players in there. This is a personal view, but the concept of surprise and delight vs gambling … on a continuum, they’re a long way from each other. You buy or grind your way up to getting a gold pack, you open it up, and you’re either happy or you think it’s a crappy pack. I don’t see that as gambling, per se–but again, this is my personal view as an outsider right now.”