Furious Parents Confiscated Family Console After Kids ‘Emptied’ Their Bank Account On FIFA 19 Packs

Four kids recklessly splashed out almost £550 of their parents' hard-earned money buying FIFA 19 Ultimate Team packs.

FIFA's online multiplayer component features microtransactions that allows players to spend real-life money on packs as they build their dream team.

The children's father, Thomas Carter, had initially purchased a single pack for them, which was worth around £8.

But unbeknownst to Mr Carter, who is from Hampshire, was that his kids had seen how he had purchased the pack on their Nintendo Switch console.

According to the father-of-four, the children spent around £550 and were still unable to secure their favourite player, Lionel Messi, from a pack

Credit: Thomas Carter/BBC
Credit: Thomas Carter/BBC

"You pay £40 for the game, which is a lot of money in itself, but then the only way to get a great team is essentially by gambling," he told the BBC.

"They spent £550 and they still never got their favourite player, Lionel Messi."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Mr Carter was only alerted to the situation when he and his wife had their card declined after their bank account had been emptied.

The father has said that the four children, who are all under the age of ten, have had their console confiscated "indefinitely."

But Mr Carter admitted that his children were apologetic about the situation and weren't aware of the consequences for what they were doing.

Online purchases might be made on EA Sports' title, but the payments were made through Nintendo's console.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

And the Japanese publisher has removed the players received from the packs and refunded Mr Carter the full sum of money that the kids had spent.

Mr Carter also shouldered some of the blame for the whole incident, saying that he didn't take advantage of Nintendo's unique PIN system in its parental controls.

He also revealed that emailed receipts from the Ultimate Team purchases were sent to an old email address, which had a full inbox.

Mr Carter said: "I just never thought [the children] would do it."

FIFA 19 was released worldwide last year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Credit: EA Sports
Credit: EA Sports

The next instalment in the franchise, FIFA 20, was announced at E3 and EA Sports confirmed a new FIFA Street-style mode called 'Volta Football.'

Along with the announcement, EA Sports dropped a batch of stunning screenshots from the upcoming mode.

FIFA 20 is slated to launch on 27th September. It will be released on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

Excited for Volta Football?

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Featured Image Credit: EA Sports

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

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