Earlier this month, officials in Ukraine blew up what appeared to be a cryptocurrency mining operation that used thousands of PS4 consoles to mine crypto. That doesn’t quite seem to be the case. According to a new report, the consoles (and allegedly stolen electricity) were actually used to farm and sell digital currency and accounts for EA’s FIFA games. The Ukrainian news agency Delo reported that PCs had bots on the consoles to play FIFA and automatically earn in-game currency. Players can use FIFA Coins in Ultimate Team (FUT) mode to either attract wanted players in an open market or open controversial FUT packs in hopes of unlocking killer additions for their teams. FUT packs can also be opened with real money.
Although buying or selling FIFA coins with real money is against EA guidelines, it hasn’t stopped the thriving black market for digital currency. People are selling coins or gaming accounts loaded with the currency to players desperately looking for a dream FUT roster. One page I checked listed a PS4 FIFA 21 account with 5.1 million coins for $ 300.
Ultimate Team modes in EA’s sports games are hugely important to the developer’s bottom line. Last year EA made $ 1.62 billion with Ultimate Team, which was 29 percent of its net sales for the fiscal year. « A substantial part » of this revenue came from FIFA games.
Meanwhile, FUT packs and other loot boxes have come under regulatory control over the past few years. Since players cannot see which soccer players they are unlocking when purchasing a package, some authorities have labeled the packages as a form of gambling. Belgium banned this type of game mechanic in 2018. This summer, perhaps to fend off criticism, EA began testing some sort of FUT package that players can use to preview the content.
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PS4’s « crypto farm » has reportedly used bots to grind in-game FIFA currency, not cryptocurrency, and Apple is launching iOS 14.7 with support for its new MagSafe Battery Pack.
Casio’s latest watch is based on the 1978 classic F-100 and celebrates one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Pac-Man.
Israeli spyware company NSO Group has repeatedly said that its surveillance tools do not work against US-based smartphones , but Americans traveling overseas and using foreign cell phones may not enjoy this protection. A list of more than 50,000 phone numbers, including some for documented surveillance targets, was included, according to an investigation by The Wash. also the foreign telephone numbers of about a dozen Americans, including journalists, aid workers, diplomats and others
Since the beginning of the pandemic, children in the USA have faced numerous challenges and hardships. Tragically, the latest data shows a staggering number of children have faced the most heartbreaking reality: the loss of a caregiver through COVID-19. An estimated 119,000 children across the country have lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19-associated deaths, and more than 140,000 children have died, according to data in an internal Center for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained exclusively from ABC News.
Dropbox described a number of changes to its web client, password manager and mobile app.
Blue Origin successfully completed its first flight with crew, bringing Jeff Bezos, Wally Funk and others into space .
A Premier League football player was reportedly arrested last week for alleged « child sex offenses, » Greater Manchester police told The Guardian.
The Olympic Games are about to begin for the US women’s national team in Tokyo just as the Olympic Games in Rio ended: with a breathtaking loss to Sweden.
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With a young squad, coach Gregg Berhalter saw the Gold Cup as an opportunity to test new talent. That half-dozen players have done well.
Former player Julie Foudy described the feat that destroyed the US team’s 44-game unbeaten streak as « sloppy and lethargic ».
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Several Packers players used social media to celebrate the Bucks winning the NBA title on Tuesday evening.
ESPN and a rising on-air personality, Maria Taylor, have split after an internal controversy that has spread to the public arena and re-examined the diversity policies of Disney-owned sports media giant. « There is no doubt that we will miss Maria, but we remain determined to continue a deep and […]
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two goals by Swedish striker Stina Blackstenius on Wednesday meant a disaster for the United States, when they suffered a shocking 3-0 defeat on their Tokyo 2020 debut. The fifth-placed Sweden put pressure almost immediately with three shots in the first eight minutes, as the four-time Olympic champions were undefeated little of the outstanding series of 44 games they had seen since 2019. In the 25th minute, striker Stina Blackstenius converted a header past US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher with an assist from Sofia Jakobsson.
Greg Knapp was on the bike path when he was hit by a driver from behind
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