FIFA Loot Boxes Lead to Investigation of EA by Belgian Government

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FIFA Loot Boxes Lead to Investigation of EA by Belgian Government

The BGC suggested games with loot boxes should include the odds of winning and a clear warning label that they contain gambling.

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. Earlier this year, the Belgian Gaming Commission decided many forms of loot boxes in video games are illegal gambling because players don't exactly know what virtual items they're getting when they buy them.

A Belgian news outlet is reporting that EA may be being investigated by Belgian court officials as the company has yet to remove loot boxes from its games in the country. Specifically it has been observed that EA has kept its Ultimate Team card packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and upcoming release 19 and has given no indication that it will make changes to comply with the law in Belgium.

Today there are reports that Belgium's Gaming Commission has opened up a criminal investigation via the Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office, and EA might be faced with going to court.

However, unlike other publishers, EA apparently hasn't altered its in-game purchases in Belgium, and now it could be in trouble with Belgian authorities.

Belgian website Nieuwsblad (via Google Translate) said EA intends to let players buy loot boxes with real-world cash in upcoming release Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, violating regulations. It highlights EA CEO Andrew Wilson as the man behind the decision to continue loot boxes throughout the summer, after Wilson stated in May that "players always receive a specified number of items in each pack".

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