EA has added price ranges to FIFA’s Ultimate Team’s transfer market in a bid to clamp down on coin sellers.
All items listed on the transfer market will have a price range that sets the highest and lowest amount that they can be sold for. These ranges will be set by the FIFA team “based on analysis of past transfer market prices.” EA said that they will be universal across PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
EA has been embroiled in a battle with coin sellers for several years. A common tactic used by coin sellers has been to purchase an item from an agreed seller on the transfer market for a drastically inflated price. It is quite easy to organise a sale when you’re searching for Paul McShane for one million coins, for example.
This tactic won’t be feasible under the new system. The change also means that completely open bid transfers won’t be possible. Users must set a “buy it now” price that falls within the price range.
EA reassured legitimate traders that the price range for each item on the transfer market will be “set wide enough for you to still enjoy trading.” The team added, “Although the new FUT item Price Ranges will differ from current prices, their relative value to other player items on the transfer market will remain consistent in order to maintain a level playing field for everyone.”
The transfer market is back online on Xbox and PlayStation with price ranges enabled. Access from the web app and companion apps is still blocked for the time being.