UK dad slams Fifa 19 loot boxes after children spent over $900 trying to get Lionel Messi

Four children, all under the age of 10, unwittingly emptied their father’s bank account while purchasing special player packs in Fifa 19.

Their father, Thomas Carter, told BBC that his children spent £550 (S$934) on a number of loot box purchases in the game in an attempt to score their favourite in-game football player, Lionel Messi.

“You pay £40 for the game, which is a lot of money in itself, but then the only way to get a great team is essentially by gambling,” he said, referring to how users have to spend money just to get some star players they want in the game.

Fifa 19 is a football game for various platforms like PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Switch. Carter, whose card was linked to the game on the family’s Nintendo Switch, revealed that he had bought a single pack for £8 on the Switch and felt that the children must have learned to purchase the pack on their own after watching him do so.

“I just never thought the children would do it,” he said to BBC.

After realising that the children had spent all the money in his bank account, Carter confiscated the Nintendo Switch.

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