FIFA Loot Boxes Lead to Investigation of EA by Belgian Government

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Recently, several companies, including Valve, 2K Games, and Blizzard, have removed real money options to purchase loot boxes in their respective games after the Belgium Gaming Commission ruled loot boxes no different from illegal gambling.

From the outset of the commission's ruling, they have been very clear on the severity of the punishment if major publishers did not comply with the mandate. Fortunately, EA was already amidst its own rework of Battlefront II after listening to fan backlash, removing the purchasable progression-tied loot box system, however Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and upcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 packs remained untouched in the region despite breaking the new laws.

In response to this, a handful of developers chose to remove all loot box options from their games in the country, with the likes of Blizzard and 2K Games playing things safe.

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If criminal charges are levied against EA, will the case make it to court and will EA be willing to duke it out with the Belgian government? While Valve, Blizzard and 2K Games all complied by removing the practice from their games in the region, EA has done nothing to rectify its Federation Internationale de Football Association packs, reportedly resulting in a criminal investigation. The gaming giant has been officially notified of the situation, and it may face court proceedings. As EuroGamer reminds us, Wilson asserted that EA's games were "developed and implemented ethically and lawfully around the world" and that it did not agree that its games could "be considered as any form of gambling." .

GamesIndustry.biz reports that CEO Andrew Wilson said in may that the company doesn't believe that loot boxes are gambling.

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