Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

EA risking prosecution after refusing to comply with Belgian loot box laws

EA risking prosecution after refusing to comply with Belgian loot box laws

After the Belgium Gaming Commission ruled that lootboxes present in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, Overwatch, and CS: Global Offensive were in violation with the Belgian Gambling Laws, the Commission threatened with huge fines and imprisonment if a publisher failed to comply with the country's gambling laws.

Some time has passed and it appears that gaming industry big guns like Blizzard, Valve, and 2K Games have all disabled loot boxes in Belgium. Concluding its inquiry, Beglium's Gaming Commission declared the loot boxes "illegal games of chance", violating gambling laws by being within reach of children. The randomized card packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's Ultimate Team mode are still available, and they'll be present in Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, which launches at the end of this month. Minister of Justice Koen Geens said publishers could risk prison sentences (up to five years) and fines (up to €800,000) if games with loot boxes continued to be distributed within Belgium.

As we previously reported, The Belgian Gaming Commission has been looking to remove or prosecute over the inclusion of loot boxes in videogames.

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It seems EA has decided not to comply with Belgian law regarding the sale of loot boxes in the country, and officials there are taking the company to court. Wilson went on to claim that its "loot boxes" were not equivalent to gambling as there is no way to cash out or sell loot items for real/virtual currency.

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? The warrant has been sent to Brussel's public prosecutor's office.

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