According to a study carried out by two researchers from the American universities of Oakland and Michigan, the EA Sports FIFA sporting saga, and more specifically its successful Ultimate Team mode, reinforces racist stereotypes. The reason? The criteria when assigning the attributes to the players.
To reach this conclusion Sam Srauy and John Cheney-Lippold analyzed a sample of more than 2,000 MLS players – the highest football competition in the United States. United between FIFA 12 and FIFA 17 collected through the Futhead database, a dedicated portal to Ultimate Team well known among the community. There, users can see how each player has their qualities divided by six traits (rhythm, dribbling, shots, defense, passes and physical capacity) which in turn are evaluated through the average of many other minor features.
The results conclude that, in effect, the black players stand out especially for their physical capacity (higher score in aggressiveness and strength) while the white ones do it for their intelligence (higher score in vision of game) . ” We conclude that the promoted realism of the game perpetuates anti-black and anti-Latino racism through the concept of platform racism, “can be read in the study.”
Platform racism is a term coined by Ariadna Matamoros – Fernandez, from the University of Technology of Queensland (Australia), which refers to those internet portals that allow racism on their websites through the technical media, government, capitalism and the libertarian ideas of Silicon Valley.