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

Belgium declared purchasable in-game loot boxes illegal back in April, with the treat of criminal prosecution looming over less than a month later.

The Belgian Gaming Commission investigated four games in particular before coming to its conclusion that in-game loot boxes pertained to gambling, and therefore should be out of the reach of children: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Star Wars: Battlefront II and Federation Internationale de Football Association 18. EA, meanwhile, doesn't feel it is in violation of the existing anti-gambling laws, because loot boxes, in its opinion, do not constitute gambling.

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? However, one of the other major companies under the loot box microscope, EA, has supposedly drawn a line in the sand.

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. The publisher is going to "push forward" with the practice, he added.

"We're working with all the industry associations globally and with regulators in various jurisdictions and territories, [and] have established that programs like FIFA Ultimate Team are not gambling", Wilson said at the time.

Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and 19 are the specific titles cited here, with the Ultimate Team mode's randomized card packs as the specific loot box mechanic being targeted.

The Belgium Government has launched a criminal investigation against EA due to the publisher's refusal to modify Federation Internationale de Football Association lootboxes.

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