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Kids hooked on playing Fifa online spend thousands on ‘mystery packs’ of footballers


KIDS hooked on playing Fifa online are spending thousands on “mystery packs” of footballers.

The hit video game is accused of having gambling mechanisms in its Ultimate Team feature that can lead to addiction.

Users can earn “Fifa Points” to improve their team — or buy them at 79p for 100 points, up to £79.99 for 12,000.

Other games have similar features, known as loot boxes.

Fifa made up to 27 per cent of its net revenue last year from such sales.

Alex Kiziltan, 23, from Liverpool, spent up to £500 a night on add-ons.

He said: “I got hooked. It’s like having a slot machine in your room.”

EA Sports, which makes the game, denied the packs are gambling.

But the Government is investigating and has been urged to bring them under the Gambling Act, barring under-18s access.

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