EA refuses to back down on loot box ban in Belgium

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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.

EA doesn't consider loot boxes or its team packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association gambling.

GamesIndustryBiz reports that if EA wins the court challenge under existing gambling law, the BGC will seek to change the law to ensure loot boxes are included in its coverage.

As you may or may not have heard, Belgium declared loot boxes in video games a form of gambling earlier this year.

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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.

Over the last couple of months, several big gaming publishers, namely Valve, Blizzard and 2K Games, have all given up a substantial amount of income in online transactions from both Belgian and Dutch players.

They're sticking it out with FIFA 18, FIFA 19 and others, while maintaining that FIFA Ultimate Team packs are equivalent to Panini stickers, despite now facing a criminal investigation by the Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office.

KitGuru Says: No matter what EA thinks, it has a duty to uphold national laws and therefore should really outline its plans to comply before facing hefty fines. Again, the commission's opinion is still that loot boxes are legally regarded as gambling since an unregulated player base is not given certainty on which rare items will be received from the box. Players can get items in loot boxes either by paying or through game play.

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