Belgium continues loot box suppression
In April, the Belgium Gambling Commission (BGC) deemed purchasable versions of the loot boxes in video games contravened the nation’s laws on gambling.
The three main games sighted in the report were; Overwatch developed by Blizzard, Valve’s Counter Stirke Global (CS: GO) and the FIFA series. The report stated the companies would need to disabled or modify the feature or receive punishment from scaling large fines to prison.
It seems that the BGC’s strong stance has hit a chord, as both Overwatch and CS: GO have removed the paid for loot boxes from Belgium version of the games.
Alongside this, 2K developers of the NBA series of the same name has removed the same feature from its MyTeam platform, to comply with the regulators, as well as turning off the non-earned in-game currency.
FIFA is yet to remove loot boxes in Belgium, as developer EA has so far insisted FIFA Ultimate Team's card packs aren't gambling, and hasn't removed them.
This has been part of the Belgian authorities' scheme to prevent operators and gaming providers from targeting children with gambling, and has been mirrored in the Netherlands who have seen Overwatch and CS:GO remove paid-for loot boxes from Dutch versions of the game.