Not every company is willing to let Belgium’s ban on loot boxes stand unopposed. In a public statement, 2K Games is asking their fans in Belgium to tell the government that loot boxes are not gambling.
Reaching out to the fans.
With NBA 2K19 to release in a few weeks, publisher 2K has voiced some concerns. Belgian and Dutch players won’t be able to buy in-game card packs with real-world money. In a statement posted a few days ago, 2K games spoke to their fans. More specifically, their Belgian ones:
The Belgium Gaming Commission (BGC) has stated that games which include certain ‘loot box’ style mechanics violate gambling laws in Belgium. While we disagree with this position, we are working to comply with the BGC’s current interpretation of these laws. As a result, we have made some local changes to the MyTeam mode. These changes are necessary in order for us to accommodate the BGC’s interpretation of the Belgian Gaming Act. Specifically, we will be turning off the ability to purchase packs with premium (non-earned) currency/VC.Gamers are still able to acquire packs with MyTeam points. We will be continuing conversations with the BGC in order to explain our view on how NBA 2K and MyTeam pack purchases already comply with local laws. If you agree, we recommend that you contact your local government representative to communicate your opinion. We will keep the community posted on any developments. We apologize for any inconvenience.
According to PCGamesN, who originally found this news story, there has been debate on whether loot boxes constitute gambling. While Belgium and the Netherlands believe they do, France and the UK disagree. Valve and Blizzard are among the other companies that have already changed their games in Dutch and Belgian markets. Meanwhile on Trusted Reviews, senior producer Rob Jones said that loot boxes are an “unfortunate reality” of modern gaming.
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