It is considered a virtual currency as it meets the requirements of the European Central Bank definition (type of unregulated, digital money, which is issued and usually controlled by its developers, and used and accepted among the members of a specific virtual community) and of the US Treasury definition (medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency). In the case of FIFA 16, gamers use real money to buy FIFA 17 Points and with them they purchase in-game items (packs).
FP were introduced on FIFA 12 Ultimate Team, exclusively for PC users. One year later, EA Sports added this currency to the other platforms – Playstation, XBox, iOS e Android – causing all the platforms use the same payment system. Before FIFA 17 Points existed gamers bought packs paying with Microsoft Points or with Playstation Network credits.
A huge part of EA profit is made thanks to FIFA 17 Points sales.
You can check how many FIFA 17 Points you have, looking to the top right hand corner of any Ultimate Team menu. If you never have bought FIFA 17 Points, you will see a '0'.
How to Use FIFA 17 Points ?
After buying FP, you have two ways to pay FIFA 16 Ultimate Team packs: using coins or FP.
To buy packs using FIFA 17 Points, please follow these steps:
- Go to your console's Ultimate Team, browse to 'Store' and choose which one pack you want to buy.
- After you select the pack you want to buy, you will have to choose if you want to do it with coins or with FIFA 17 Points. If you do not have enough funds, you will be redirected to the FP buying menu.
Paying Draft Entrance
To buy Draft Tokens using FP, please just go to the Draft mode and select 'FIFA 17 Points' when asked about how you will going to pay. 300 FIFA 17 Points will be debited from your account. You can also pay the entrance using one Draft Token or 15k coins.