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Belgium Gaming Commission equates loot boxes to gambling

Belgium Gaming Commission equates loot boxes to gambling

Belgium's Gaming Commission announced last week that it would launch an investigation into loot boxes being available for purchase in games such as Battlefront II and Overwatch. Naturally, people weren't too pleased with this development and caused in uproar. Today, they've come to a decision-in Belgium, loot boxes are considered a form of gambling.

Belgium's Minister of Justice Koen Geens has also weighed in on the issue and speaking to VTM he said, "Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is risky for the mental health of the child". Belgium's Minister of Justice Koen Geens also weighed in, saying, "Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is unsafe for the mental health of the child". And the country's minister of justice Koen Geens says he will try to ban the process of blind, randomized loot boxes completely. I'm reaching out to Geens' office and the Gambling Commission to ask if it will make an except for adults. So long as you don't know what you're paying for, then it's gambling.

From all reports the Belgians are hoping to ban all forms of in-game purchases straight up.

Second, this is just a ruling - nothing more, nothing less. Time will tell if the decision gains momentum in Europe.

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Despite these caveats, this is still a significant event.

In the UK and U.S., the idea of loot boxes being classed as gambling has been brushed aside by the UK Gambling Commision and the ESRB.

"We have to go to Europe".

All that's left is to see if they do.