pressures within FIFA ultimate team have caused EA sports to introduce what has been known as the EA Taxing System which currently means a tax of 5.3% must be paid. Many see this as a way by FIFA and EA to act as a government body to ensure the player prices are not artificially boosted by too much money coming into the game from external sources. The first reason for the EA Taxing System is brushed upon slightly in the article on the new EA application is the introduction of the APP. As stated the App is likely to gain increasing popularity among players of the game. The effect of this is likely to be more players buying players opposed to winning FIFA 15 Coins and credits in game play, whether this be tournaments or league games. EA have therefore decided to try and curtail the amount of players simply buying coins due to the perceived negative effect on user experience for existing players of the game, especially those who continue to play the game on console opposed to purely with the web application.
The second reason for the EA Taxing System is due to the way in which money enters the FIFA ultimate team economy. Money can enter the economy in a number of ways as previous stated which include buying new packs, winning tournaments, and the increasingly popular method of simply just buying coins through the web platform or online. Money can only leave the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team through the purchase of consumables however. Consumables, in this case, mean items which are used up by players and cannot be used in the future. For example if a player is to spend FUT 15 coins on purchasing a player, the money will remain in the economy due to another player receiving money for a player.
This is all well and good, but it means if players are getting this money from an external source opposed to from tournaments, there will be an excess supply of money. As with all economies, this is likely to cause inflationary pressure. The only way in which money can enter and leave the economy is if money is spent on consumables such as expansion packs where money goes directly to EA sports opposed to another player. Of course the EA Taxing System rate of 5.3% has caused much debate with many players questioning the reasoning for this rate. The reason itself is not completely clear, though it can be guessed as the anticipated level of inflation.