Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe

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MightyJordan    4,948
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Last week, Belgium's Gaming Commission announced that it had launched an investigation into whether the loot boxes available for purchase in games like Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront 2 constitute a form of gambling. Today, VTM News reported that the ruling is in, and the answer is yes. 

 

The Google translation is a little sloppy, as usual, but the message is clear enough. "The mixing of money and addiction is gambling," the Gaming Commission declared. Belgium's Minister of Justice Koen Geens also weighed in, saying, "Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child." 

 

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."

http://www.pcgamer.com/belgium-says-loot-boxes-are-gambling-wants-them-banned-in-europe/

 

After piling the pressure on EA over Star Wars Battlefront II (the new one), the good news keeps on coming!

 

On a side note, the analyst who said gamers are overreacting and that games should cost even more than they do now can get in the sea.

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Vandalsquad    305

Maybe the EU can do something useful for once instead of just fining american companies.

 

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Buttus    940

so buying anything that you're not 100% sure of what's inside, is gambling?

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+The Evil Overlord    17,907
36 minutes ago, Vandalsquad said:

Maybe the EU can do something useful for once instead of just fining american companies.

 

Maybe so, but in order to trade in the EU, or in this case, Belgium, they have to abide by their laws and (to a certain point) beliefs
Just like any UK or EU company would have to, in order to trade with the USA.

4 minutes ago, Buttus said:

so buying anything that you're not 100% sure of what's inside, is gambling?

Extremely loosely

like buying those weird 'Mystery boxes' that appear sometimes on online shopping sites, you don't know what you're getting, so it could be a gamble as to what. We already know there WILL be SOMETHING inside, just not sure what.

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trag3dy    3,374

Somewhat related - Hawaii and several other states are looking into this issue now, too and are looking to have legislation in place to stop this kind of thing from happening more:

 

 

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+Mando    3,882
14 hours ago, Vandalsquad said:

Maybe the EU can do something useful for once instead of just fining american companies.

 

you confuse me sire!, by Fining EA for lootboxes???....(which is an american company)

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