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Belgium Finds Some Loot Boxes Constitute "Games of Chance"

Following studies in the Netherlands, Hawaii, Washington state, and the US Senate, loot boxes in games such as FIFA 18, Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds(PUBG), and Rocket League, Belgium ruled that loot boxes in Overwatch, FIFA 18, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive were a "game of chance".

arstechnica writes:

The Belgian Gaming Commission has determined that randomized loot boxes in at least three games count as "games of chance," and publishers could therefore be subject to fines and prison sentences under the country's gaming legislation.

Beyond that simple definition, the Gaming Commission expressed concern over games that draw in players with an "emotional profit forecast" of randomized goods, where players "buy an advantage with real money without knowing what benefit it would be." The fact that these games don't disclose the odds of receiving specific in-game items is also worrisome, the Commission said



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