FUT addict and expert Ben Wilson reveals the mindblowing facts and figures behind Fut Coins – which has claimed so many hours of all our lives
Happy birthday: FUT is five-years-old
Over the last five years FIFA’s card-collecting, coin-hoarding mode has become less a fun five-minute distraction, more a life-dominating obsession.
With 64% of those who own EA’s latest footy game regularly playing FIFA 14 PC Coins,it’s now the most popular feature in the series. And if you find that stat eye-popping, try these additional ones on for sizeaEUR|
1. Since the mode was first introduced in FIFA 09, a staggering 21.8 million unique users have played Ultimate Team across all formats. (One of those millions is Reading forward, and self-confessed FIFA addict, Adam Le Fondre – no word on whether he’s dared to purchase himself).
2. When Fut Coins debuted in FIFA 09, 1 million gamers dipped their toes in. By FIFA 13 that number had undecupled – yes, it’s a real word – to 11.2 million.
3. Since FIFA 14 went on sale in September, there have been 725 million matches played in Ultimate Team alone. On average there are 264,000 per day, or 11,000 each hour. Still reckon Chelsea’s fixture list is a touch unfair, Jose?
4. This one is bound to make ‘Appy ‘Arry envious: Since September of last year, 1.46 billion transfers have taken place in the FIFA 14 incarnation of Ultimate Team.
5. On an average day in Fut Coins, there are roughly 13 million player transfers around the globe – approximately 542,000 per hour. Chew on that, Jim White.
6. For the first three months after FIFA 14 went onsale, the players sold most often in Ultimate Team were Villa forward Christian Benteke, Schalke 04 defender Christian Santana, and Milan full-back Ignazio Abate. Two Arsenal defenders are also in the ‘least wanted’ top ten: Laurent Koscielny (#6) and Kieran Gibbs .
EA SportsA copy of FIFA 14 signed by Gareth Bale
7. When this year’s game launched, the club with the most ‘gold’ players in Ultimate Team wasn’t Barcelona or Real Madrid – but Chelsea, with 25. Second – look away now, David Moyes – were Manchester United with 23. (Barca and Real, along with Juventus, boasted 21.)
8. At the other end of the Premier League, Crystal Palace started the season with just one ‘gold’ player in Marouane Chamakh. (Since joined by Joe Ledley). Even worse off were Cardiff, with none – although they’ve since signed a player FIFA classes as gold: full-back Fabio. Fool’s gold, presumably.
9. At launch, Barcelona had the highest ranked Ultimate Team squad in FIFA 14,with an average player rating of 81. Real were next with 80, followed by Juve and Atletico Madrid on 79 apiece.
10. The mode’s Team Of The Year – which sees the best players immortalised as ‘blue’ cards – isn’t chosen by EA or even FIFA itself, but voted on by the 50,000 players across the planet who belong to FIFPro.
11. Despite being around for five years, this year’s game is the first to let you edit squad numbers within Ultimate Team. Sadly for fans of former Inter forward Ivan Zamorano, 1+8 still isn’t an option.
12. Ultimate Team enabled EA to bring past legends to the series for the first time in FIFA 14, Fifa Ultimate Team Coins with Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud Gullit, and George Weah among those who can be purchased in-game.
The one catch? For this season at least, all those classic old-timers are exclusive to Xbox.
13. Mat Prior, Producer of the first edition FIFA Ultimate Team, says the one legend he’d most want added to the game if he could pick any player past or present is, eraEUR| Shaun Goater.