Belgium to declare loot boxes as gambling and therefore illegal


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13 September 2012
Belgium has decided that loot boxes in games are a form of gambling and is therefore making it illegal. let's hope other countries follow and stop this plague of cash-grabbing rot that we have in games these days.

Here's the most downvoted Reddit comment in history, which is a post by EA regarding unlocking benefits in Star Wars Battlefront via real life currency transactions -
From Eurogamer:

Hot on the heels of the Netherlands declaring loot boxes are gambling and therefore illegal, Belgium has had its say.

The Belgian Gaming Commission looked at Star Wars Battlefront 2, FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and found only Star Wars was not in violation of the country's gambling legislation - and that's only because EA stripped out the game's loot boxes after its launch debacle.

It determined FIFA 18, Overwatch and CS:GO's loot boxes are a game of chance and so are subject to Belgian gambling law. Battlefront 2, at the time the investigation was conducted, did not have loot boxes, so escapes unscathed.

A statement from Minister of Justice Koen Geens said FIFA 18, Overwatch and CS:GO were therefore illegal and demanded their loot boxes removed. If they're not, the publishers "risk a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros". When minors are involved, those punishments can be doubled, Geens added.

Belgium expressed a particular concern about the impact loot boxes have on young people. "It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we cannot allow that," Geens warned.

Source and further reading - Now Belgium declares loot boxes gambling and therefore illegal | Eurogamer -


7 September 2012
Good. Sooner this dies the better. Anyone remember when you got the game you paid for and how good you were was skill and not how deep your pockets were...I miss CS 0.9 to CSS...
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