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Three Video Games with Loot Boxes Violate Belgian Gambling Law, Regulator Finds

Three Video Games with Loot Boxes Violate Belgian Gambling Law, Regulator Finds

The commission looked at four popular videogames-Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Overwatch, FIFA 18, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-and found that three of them contain loot boxes that contravene the country's gambling regulations. The latest country to support the cause is Belgium and has also declared loot boxes as gambling with fine up to 1.6 million Euros if the mentioned games don't adjust.

Following Battlefront II's release on November 17, the commission examined Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch before reaching its decision to classify loot boxes with random chance as gambling.

Moving forward, Geens intends to get in touch with game developers and publishers to push for the removal of loot boxes sooner rather than later.

Geens actually spurred the investigation into loot boxes in November 2017, following the uproar over loot boxes in Star Wars: Battlefront 2.

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For the remaining games, it's simple that they are illegal.

The game was heavily criticized for relying too much on loot boxes as a form of player progression, and such was the ire of the gaming public that loot boxes became a worldwide conversation. With most loot boxes featuring purely cosmetic items, they're often thought to skirt past the third requirement, and you would expect that Blizzard, EA and Valve will try to appeal the outcome of this report before complying.

"It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we can not allow that", Geens said.

The Belgian Gaming Commission was among the gambling regulators to question the nature of loot boxes. "Players are tempted and misled, and none of the protective measures for gambling are applied". "We have already taken numerous measures to protect both minors and adults against the influence of, among other things, gambling advertising". A statement from Minister of Justice Koen Greens said Overwatch, FIFA 18, and CS: GO were illegal and demanded that loot boxes be removed. If minors are involved, the punishments can possibly be doubled. If that does not happen, the operators risk a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros.

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