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EA data breach could impact 1,600 FIFA 20 players

Registration is closed until later notice

FIFA 20 player kicking a soccer ball EA Vancouver/EA Sports

More than 1,600 FIFA 20 players may have been affected by a data breach during sign-ups for the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series.

Players attempting to sign-up for the $3 million FIFA 20 competitive circuit were shown other players’ information — those who had already signed up — on the registration page. Players on social media began reporting the issue shortly after the registration page went up, including FIFA pro player Kurt “Kurt0411” Fenech.

“Before I get to the absolute farce of that competitive bullshit, when you click the link register for verification you get other people’s personal information,” Fenech wrote on Twitter.

Players’ emails, console ID, location, and birthday were potentially displayed to others.

EA Sports took the registration page down 30 minutes after it launched, the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. While the registration page was up, “approximately 1,600 players” were “potentially” impacted by the data breach. EA Sports said it’s looking to contact those players “with more details and protect their EA accounts.”

It continued: “Player privacy and security are of the utmost importance to us, and we deeply apologize that our players encountered this issue today.” Polygon has reached out to Electronic Arts for more information on the data breach.

Registration for the FIFA 20 Global Series is expected to re-open “in the coming days,” according to EA Sports.

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