FIFA 20 developed and published by Electronic Arts, reportedly shows the wrong map of India with the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir missing for the third year in a row, New Year, new game, same old problem.
Fifa 20, the latest edition of the popular sports simulation video game series could potentially run into some trouble in India.
— rishi alwani (@RishiAlwani) September 26, 2019
The issue here isn’t that the parts of the Indian state that are occupied by Pakistan and China are missing from the map of India in FIFA 20. That would still be considered illegal in India, though it would be in line with how the international community has often depicted the state.
As per reports, EA Sports has been representing India’s border without Jammu and Kashmir since 2017. According to ‘The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1990’, any map depicting the territory of India has to be in accordance with that published by the Survey of India.
One of the new features in Fifa 20 is the Squad Battles mode, which is an online game mode where gamers can build the best available team. In Squad Battles mode, different AI Ultimate Teams are available for players to play against and it is here that the Indian map error for the third year in a row.
“Whoever publishes a map of India, which is not in conformity with the maps of India as published by the Survey of India, shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.”
Former Gadgets 360 reporter and gaming journalist Rishi Alwani shared an in-game FIFA 20 screenshot early on Friday, which shows the aforementioned omission. Gadgets 360 has been unable to verify this for itself as the maps of countries are only available to see in the Squad Battles section of Ultimate Team, which refreshes every 12 hours or so. At the time of writing, a squad from India was not part of the game mode. EA has taken this approach to the map of India in its football sim FIFA at least since 2017, as per reports.
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