EA under investigation by Belgian Gaming Commission

Belgian Government Launches Criminal Investigation Into EA Over

Belgian govt opens criminal investigation into EA - Industry - News

Players can get items in loot boxes either by paying or through game play. The BGC suggested games with loot boxes should include the odds of winning and a clear warning label that they contain gambling.

In response to this, a handful of developers chose to remove all loot box options from their games in the country, with the likes of Blizzard and 2K Games playing things safe.

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Machine-translated reports from Belgium's Niewsblad and Metro newspapers suggest that Belgian gaming commission has now referred the matter to the country's public prosecutor's office, which is conducting an investigation into it. While Valve, Blizzard and 2K Games all complied by removing the practice from their games in the region, EA has done nothing to rectify its Federation Internationale de Football Association packs, reportedly resulting in a criminal investigation.

The Belgium Government earlier declared that lootboxes in some specific games are in violation with the Belgium Gambling Laws and of all other publishers, EA seems to be in trouble, yet again. This refusal seems to come directly from CEO Andrew Wilson who states that the aforementioned loot box options do not constitute gambling. The company's CEO, Andrew Wilson, disagrees with the view that Federation Internationale de Football Association contains any form of gambling, stating that "players always receive a specified number of items in each pack" and that it doesn't "provide or authorise any way to cash out or sell items or virtual currency for real money". Prosecutors will investigate to decide whether to pursue legal action against EA, and in the meantime the publisher has been given documents detailing the current situation.

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