Certain loot boxes in video games illegal in Belgium

Share

Originally reported by Eurogamer, The Belgian Gaming Commission took a look at several games to identify unethical practices in loot boxes.

Saying that the three games mentioned above have loot boxes that involve a game of chance for players, the statement added that the fact that minors are involved is worrying as well.

Just last week, we reported on the news that the Netherlands declared some loot boxes to be in violation of the Gambling Act.

Publishers may rue the day they started dabbling with loot boxes, after a study by the Belgium Gaming Commission found that games including Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive violate the country's gambling laws.

Following Battlefront II's release on November 17, the commission examined Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch before reaching its decision to classify loot boxes with random chance as gambling.

Geens said: 'An interview with the sector is imminent.

More news: Kuwait-Philippines row sends ambassadors home
More news: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Institutional Investors Sentiment Index Falls in Q4 2017
More news: Miner Freeport's shares slide on profit miss, weaker forecast

Blizzard's Overwatch, EA's Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and Valve's Counter Strike: Global Offensive all meet these requirements, and according to the Belgian Gaming Commission, lootboxes in these games are illegal. If publishers refused, they could face "a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros".

The loot box dominos are tumbling. Geens' primary concern is to "ensure that children and adults are not confronted with games of chance when they are looking for fun in a video game", which implies he doesn't want to shut down games like Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and Overwatch, just ensure they don't include any form of gambling.

The report notes that the PEGI rating system is applied to games based on their content, but does not take into account gambling-related elements.

Geens said: "Mixing games and gaming, especially at a young age, is unsafe for mental health". In light of this, cases in which minors are involved could potentially see punishments get doubled.

Peter Naessens, director of the Gaming Commission, had a similarly stern response.

Share