Last updated on November 25th, 2017
Concluding a week-long investigation, the Belgian Gaming Commission has reached a consensus that Loot Boxes in videos games such as Star Wars: Battlefront II, P.U.G.B. and Overwatch, are a form of gambling.
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As revealed by VTM News, a Belgium news outlet, their Minister of Justice Koen Geens, has stated that such systems found in many online video games mix “gambling and gaming” which “is dangerous for the mental health of a child”, “especially at a young age”.
And in light of this, Belgium’s government plans to have all forms of in-game purchases banned throughout the European Union. Which will take time to go into effect as all of its representative nations will need to reach a consensus together.
And that is not all, as the United States is also stepping in with two Hawaiian lawmakers calling for their own investigation into regulating Loot Boxes and Microtransactions.
Earlier this week, Democratic State Representatives Sean Quinlan and Chris Lee spoke in a press conference, denouncing them as a “predatory practice” which is “designed to lure kids into spending money.”, in particular to Battlefront II, being described as “a Star Wars themed online casino” by Lee and quoting: “It’s a trap.”
Furthermore, Quinlan and Lee are looking into legislations that “prohibit access” or “prohibit the sales of these games” to young children “as well as prohibiting different kinds of mechanisms in those games” in order to protect them and their families.
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