VTM News, one of Belgium’s news networks, is reporting that Belgium is looking to have Loot Boxes banned in Europe as it constitutes a form of gambling. According to a translation of the story, the Belgium’s Gaming Commission did an investigation on loot boxes to determine if they were, in fact, a form of gambling, which included a focus on if they were specifically targeting underaged gamers. The results came back as an affirmative and prompted their Minister of Justice Koen Geens to declare that not only does he want the microtransactions banned in his country, he is willing to take the time and paperwork to get them banned in Europe altogether. Below is a rough translation of the story. What are your thoughts on this development?
“The mixing of money and addiction is gambling”, the Kanspel Committee then ruled. VTM NIEUWS brought the news and a few days later removed maker Electronic Arts the function from the game, including after criticism from Disney, which has the rights to the Star Wars merchandising.
Geens now wants to prevent such functions from being able to occur in games at all. “But that takes time, because we have to go to Europe. We will certainly try to ban it. “