Belgium and Hawaii Say EA's Loot Boxes ARE Gambling and Want Them Banned/Regulate
Written by: africababa - 04:11 Nov-22-2017

EDIT: Source (in Dutch) https://nieuws.vtm.be/vtm-nieuws/binnenland/geens-wil-gokken-games-verbieden

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Minister of Justice wants to forbid purchases in videogames, if you don't know exactly what you're buying. "Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of a child"

The uproar started last week about the new game Star Wars: Battlefront. In it you could buy so called "lootcrates", virtual boxes that can contain certain advantages for the game. It's just that you don't know the content of such a lootcrate în advance.

"Mixing money and addiction is gambling", judged the Gambling Committee then.

VTM News reported on this news and a few days later game maker Electronic Arts removed the function from the game, after criticism from Disney (among others) who have the rights on Star Wars merchandising.

Geens now wants to prevent that such features can remain part of games in general. "This requires time because we need to go to Europe with this. We're certainly going to try to forbid this."


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As I said on the article, I hope it becomes global and games with any type of in-game purchases get banned.

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