Loot boxes are considered gambling – Belgian Gaming Commission

its a trap

If anyone has been following the release of Star Wars: Battlefront II, they’ll know it hasn’t been a smooth sail for EA so far.

After the revelations that many characters in the game were locked from the get-go, and players had to play the game and grind dozens of hours for the Credits needed to unlock the cool characters, or spend real money on virtual “loot crates” that give you a chance at earning the currency, to say the community was angry would be an understatement.

EA has since made some necessary changes, but it’s opened up a whole can of worms that has found its way to the Belgium Gaming Commission, who have investigated the situation.

“The mixing of money and addiction is gambling,” a spokesperson for the commission told Belgian news site VTM. “It will require time, because we need to go to Europe with this. We will absolutely try to forbid it.”

While the European authorities have got involved, some politicians in Hawaii have also chimed in. Democrat politician Chris Lee has called for legislation to be implemented in order to protect kids from the “predatory” actions of game companies like EA.

“This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money; it’s a trap.” Classic.

“This is something we need to address to ensure that particularly kids who are underage, who are not psychologically and emotionally mature enough to be able to gamble – which is why gambling is prohibited under 21 – are protected from being trapped into these cycles which have compelled many folks to spend thousands of dollars in gaming fees online.”

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Article courtesy of MenStuff.co.za.

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  • Blackice_ZA

    It’s a TRAP!! 🙂
    Gamer’s 1
    EA 0

  • KinsZA

    What wasnt mentioned in this article is the fact that this applies to the following, I quote from pcgamer.

    “Geens, according to the report, wants to ban in-game purchases outright (correction: if
    you don’t know exactly what you’re purchasing), and not just in
    Belgium: He said the process will take time, “because we have to go to
    Europe. We will certainly try to ban it.” ”

    I’m going to go ahead and assume that one could class heathstone card packs as a loot box by their definition

  • KinsZA

    Its more like, EA, Blizzard, Epic Games, Zenimax: 0

  • I think A LOT of in-game monetary systems are going to be nailed if this legislation comes into place. A lot of publishers and devs are playing in that grey area of the law.

  • Carel van Heerden

    I immediately thought of Hearthstone too. It’s a digital alternative to Magic, which I also played back in the day. So what does this mean? Age restriction of 21 on Hearthstone. I dunno. Personally, my main gripe is with full priced games and further costs for random (gameplay) items. Never supported something like that. Never will. Still a huge star wars fan.

Loot boxes are considered gambling – Belgian Gaming Commission

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