Game publisher Electronic Arts has stopped selling loot boxes – albeit only in Belgium.
Last April, the Belgian Gambling Commission officially recognized loot boxes to be a form of gambling and recommended their immediate removal from all games not adhering to Belgian gambling law (basically all of them).
Almost everyone else took steps to ensure their games were in line with those laws, EA did not with its popular “FIFA 19” game title – leave gambling elements in the Belgian release. This was seen by others as the publisher testing the waters to see what they could get away with.
Now they’ve admitted defeat, announcing in a brief statement it will no longer sell FIFA Points in Belgium and have apologised to Belgian FIFA players ‘for any inconvenience caused by this change’.
Those still in possession of FIFA Points at the time of their stoppage of sale will be able to still use them – they just will not be able to purchase more.
The news comes as U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, who asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into video game loot boxes, is now asking its chairman Joseph Simons for an update on the status of said investigation ASAP.
Source: Screen Rant