Is EA Ready to Go to Court in Belgium Over Lootboxes?

Belgian Government Launches Criminal Investigation Into EA Over

As we previously reported, The Belgian Gaming Commission has been looking to remove or prosecute over the inclusion of loot boxes in videogames. Described as an "illegal game of chance" by the Commission, the loot boxes could be deemed illegal for failing to ensure that minors aren't subjected to gambling, with the unknown nature of the loot boxes' rewards being to blame. Blizzard turned off paid loot boxes outright in Belgium, while 2K followed suit for National Basketball Association 2K, but complained bitterly about it and had the gall to ask fans to petition the Belgian government to change their minds.

The Belgium Government has launched a criminal investigation against EA due to the publisher's refusal to modify Federation Internationale de Football Association lootboxes. Belgium was one location that decided yes, they are, but EA has refused to comply with its new ruling. "We don't believe that FIFA Ultimate Team or loot boxes are gambling firstly because players always receive a specified number of items in each pack, and secondly we don't provide or authorize any way to cash out or sell items or virtual currency for real money", said CEO Andrew Wilson last May.

EA is reportedly undergoing a criminal investigation by the Belgian government, due to the publisher apparently contravening the nation's gambling laws that have branded loot boxes as a form of gambling.

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The case has now been handed over to the Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office. The investigation specifically pertains to the loot boxes (or rather the FUT card packs) in Federation Internationale de Football Association.

A member of the commission, Peter Naessens, however, is not convinced, and will proceed to meet EA before a formal court hearing.

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