A country and a creator of annual soccer/football video games are butting heads in the legal field of battle. Due to a failure to comply with Belgian gambling laws, EA Sports is now the target of a criminal investigation.
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.
A few months ago, Belgium joined some other European countries in deeming loot boxes gambling and therefore illegal. Blizzard will soon be disabling paid loot boxes in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in Belgium.
Electronic Arts has caused some major controversy with the inclusion of loot boxes in Star Wars: Battlefront 2. However, in a recent earnings call, EA chief executive Andrew Wilson said they are planning to “push forward” with loot boxes in future games. He also challenged the common complaint about loot boxes being a form of gambling.
Second to the loot boxes party Last week, the Netherlands classified certain loot boxes as gambling and therefore illegal. Now, Belgium has made a similar determination towards three games. These games are FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Star Wars: Battlefront II, one of the other games examined, was deemed okay. However, Star Wars: Battlefront II did have loot boxes earl...[Read More]