Would be hilarious if EA ended up not only hated by the players but also by every other company in their gambling business. And I can totally see the EU screwing them just like that.
I'm Dutch and this is my translation of [the article they used](https://nieuws.vtm.be/vtm-nieuws/binnenland/geens-wil-gokken-games-verbieden
) (sorry for the terrible formatting I'm on my phone):
The minister of Justice wants to ban in-game purchases, if you don't know exactly what it will contain. "Combining gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.
The commotion started last week with the new game Star Wars: Battlefront in the the game you could buy so called "loot boxes", virtual boxes which could contain advantages for the game. You don't know however what it contains beforehand.
"The combination of money and addiction is gambling", ruled the gambling committee. VTM News brought the news and a few days later EA withdrew the function from the game, partially because Disney complained, which has the rights to the Star Wars merchandise.
Geens now wants to prevent that these kinds of functions will be in any games going forward. "But that takes time, because we'll have to make a proposal to the EU. We will definitely try to ban it."
Edit: changed some wording for clarification and accuracy.
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If I could listen in on the inevitable rage filled call from Disney, what a joy that would be.
They don't want their newly purchased franchise being associated with getting kids hooked on gambling!
EA will be shitting it's pants. Imagine the money they make in Europe from FIFA
EA not only shot themselves in the foot, they blew off the whole leg for every other developer who is taking advantage of people with loot Crates. This is awesome!
I imagine this will be popular in the gaming community, not in the EA boardroom though.
How was the connection not made years ago when I was 12 and snorting crushed gachapons like it was the 80's
And while they're at it, how about mandating a price on the box which includes all potential purchases within the game.
"Price $60. Total cost including all add-ons $2960."
Activblizz wont be happy that EA fucked up their loot box system.
All was well until EA tried to be funny
When you're paying real money for the *chance* to unlock content in a videogame, you're pulling a slotmachine arm. That's gambling, and it is strictly regulated for a reason.
More countries get behind this plz. Nobody wants their kids using their credit card on games that they already paid once for. And let's be real. These loot boxes target the impatience of children more than any other type of age group.
Is Belgium going to be the ones to save the gaming industry