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 starâ€™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 brandâ€™s ambassadors. Gamers, furious about his low rating, launched a deluge of complaints at EA, stating that the decision was â€œdisrespectful,â€ â€œa disgrace,â€ â€œdisgusting,â€ and other words which we probably shouldnâ€™t type here. Some gamers even threatened to boycott FIFA 15.
We still donâ€™t why EA made the initial decision it did. Having hunted around, we havenâ€™t found much in the way of comment from the publisherâ€”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 â€œpulled from a resource without access to final FIFA 15 data.â€
The statement is a bit strange, since the word â€œfinalâ€ 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 Cahillâ€™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 â€œgold cards,â€ in the FIFA games. While EA has boosted Cahillâ€™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 doesnâ€™t rate a 75? Vent your frustrations in the comments below. Be sure and check out the Top 50 player list if you havenâ€™t yet to see where all of your favorite stars rank.
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