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While developers have been relying on microtransactions in games to help them generate more revenue, the model has come under fire in the recent years where some feel that this is a “bad” model as it encourages unnecessary or even impulsive spending. This is something that EA is hoping to address in a recent update to FIFA 21.
According to the latest patch notes for the game, EA notes that they will be introducing a new tool called FIFA Playtime, which the company describes, “FIFA Playtime is a new suite of tools that enable players to have more control and visibility over how they play, and can be accessed through the main menu, FUT, and VOLTA FOOTBALL.”
However, Eurogamer goes on to note that FIFA Playtime will also allow parents to control various aspects of the game if their kids are playing, such as how much time they spend playing the game, social communication, and also how much spending is allowed. This means that parents can set a limit on how much their kids spend on microtransactions, thus ensuring that they will never spend more than you allow them, which will also reduce any credit card bill shock at the end of the month.
It’s actually a rather interesting tool and we think that perhaps this is a system that more developers should be adding to their games. Of course, this won’t really work if you’re setting your own limits since it’ll be quite easy to increase the limit yourself, but we suppose it’s a start.