The other week, we saw the top player rankings released for FIFA 15. Amid the usual arguing about ratings assigned, there was a particular outcry by fans on the behalf of New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill. EA Sports had assigned the Socceroos star’s rating as just 69. Tim Cahill is actually featured on the cover of the Australian edition of FIFA 15, and is one of the brand’s ambassadors. Gamers, furious about his low rating, launched a deluge of complaints at EA, stating that the decision was “disrespectful,” “a disgrace,” “disgusting,” and other words which we probably shouldn’t type here. Some gamers even threatened to boycott FIFA 15.
We still don’t why EA made the initial decision it did. Having hunted around, we haven’t found much in the way of comment from the publisher—except an excuse which may or may not have any truth in it. EA claims they never rated Cahill with a 69, and that the number in question was “pulled from a resource without access to final FIFA 15 data.”
The statement is a bit strange, since the word “final” suggests that at some point they were considering giving Cahill a 69. Regardless of the details, they have listened to their players and have boosted Tim Cahill’s rating from 69 up to 74. This is only partially satisfactory, and in some ways still seems to be an insult. Why? Last year, Cahill rated a 75. Players with ratings of 75 and above are considered “gold cards,” in the FIFA games. While EA has boosted Cahill’s rating, they have not returned him to gold card status.
Do you think EA was being deliberately misleading with their vague statement, or that the 69 rating really was just a false rumor? Are you angry that Cahill still doesn’t rate a 75? Vent your frustrations in the comments below. Be sure and check out the Top 50 player list if you haven’t yet to see where all of your favorite stars rank.
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