Everyone Is Trying to Figure out Why a FIFA Pro Match Was Determined by Rock, Paper, Scissors—Including EA

Everyone Is Trying to Figure out Why a FIFA Pro Match Was Determined by Rock, Paper, Scissors—Including EA

The FIFA esports arm promises it's reviewing the situation and trying to prevent similar episodes in the future.

You don't need to be a soccer fan or a FIFA 20 player to know that matches should be settled by goals scored, not—as two FIFA pros engaged in this weekend, to the resentment of the losing player—a round of rock, paper, scissors.

The unorthodox match ending between FIFA 20 players Shaun Galea and Hasan Eker went viral on Twitter this past weekend. Galea and Eker were facing off in a EA-organized qualifying match for stage 5 of the FUT Champions Cup when FIFA 20's servers prevented the two from starting and finishing their match. On Sunday, EA FIFA's official esports Twitter account released a statement explaining the situation and shedding some light on how EA treats connection issues for fear of match manipulation:

For context, a double-failure to connect and compete in a qualifying tournament match results in a loss for both participants. This is to prevent connection issues from being exploited as a competitive advantage. It's important to note "Rock, Paper, Scissors" did not eliminate either player from the competition as both competed in subsequent matches but did not advance in the tournament.

We're reviewing this really unique situation to understand what occurred and try to prevent this from happening again, especially as both competitors competed in subsequent matches with clean connections.

USgamer has reached out to EA for an update on the status of its investigation into the connection issues that plagued Galea and Eker's match, and did not receive an immediate response.

FIFA 20's esports reputation has taken several hits in the eyes of players apart from the rock, paper, scissors incident. In October, a bug on the sign-up site for FIFA 20's Global Series revealed sensitive personal data of approximately 1,600 players. As our sister site Eurogamer reports, Galea and Eker's unorthodox match wasn't the only notable outlier from this past weekend; five-time world finalist Giuseppe Guastella was knocked out of the North American qualifiers after FIFA 20 incorrectly registered a penalty goal as a miss. Player Levy Frederique also claims he spent three hours trying to connect to the game's servers.

Beyond the esports side of FIFA 20's community, players have called out a rash of match throwing in the ranked Division Rivals mode. FIFA 20 is, naturally, also affected by real world events in soccer—in December, EA removed retired Dutch player Marco van Basten from the game's roster after he used a Nazi greeting in conversation with a German coach.

For more on FIFA 20, read Kat's post-launch follow up thoughts and her original review.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.