It was not Bitcoin mining! All 3,800 PlayStations played FIFA to win and resell prizes

The investigation revealed that the 3,800 PlayStation 4s, which they initially believed were being used for Bitcoin mining, were actually programmed to automatically play FIFA and earn Ultimate Team cards.

July 21, 2021

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This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may occur as a result of this process.


Just a week ago, Ukraine’s security service reported that they had discovered what appeared to be a… Bitcoin Mining Company . However, the investigation found that the 3,800 PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles found on the site were actually programmed to automatically play the FIFA video game. The goal was to earn FIFA Ultimate Team coins and cards and then resell them to passionate passion gamers .

The news went viral and made a big impression, as did the equipment worked with stolen electricity , avoiding estimated payments of between $186 and $260,000 per month.

What caused the most uproar was the news that Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency can be mined with a PS4 (or several, in this case). One of those who questioned this information was the local media Work , where they noted that in the photos of the report discs are seen coming out of some equipment .

On the left you can see disks coming from some of the 3,800 PlayStation 4 consoles that were mistaken for a Bitcoin mine. Image via Security Service of Ukraine .

Most of the equipment belonged to the economical version of the or Playstation 4 , called Slim and with a power of only 1.84 teraflops, although they do not rule out the possibility that there were others of the Pro version, with 4.2 teraflops of power.

According to specialists, none of this equipment would have enough capacity to mine Bitcoin, and if they did, it wouldn’t be a significant amount, even if nearly 4,000 devices are being used simultaneously.

The same medium points out that the advanced PS4s would have been programmed to play the FIFA video game automatically and again.

The goal would be to to earn in-game coins that can then be exchanged for real money or Ultimate Team Cards . These cards are very popular with FIFA fans, and if you get a rare one, you can resell it with a good profit margin.

Another quite profitable option in the gamer market is to collect enough coins and/or cards to be able to sell the player account in its entirety.

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