EA under investigation by Belgian Gaming Commission

EA under investigation by Belgian Gaming Commission

Specifically it has been observed that EA has kept its Ultimate Team card packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and upcoming release 19 and has given no indication that it will make changes to comply with the law in Belgium. EA, meanwhile, doesn't feel it is in violation of the existing anti-gambling laws, because loot boxes, in its opinion, do not constitute gambling.

"Paid loot boxes aren't an inoffensive component of games which act like games that require skill", director of the Belgian Gaming Commission, Peter Naessens, said back in April of this year.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson said during an earnings call in May his company doesn't believe loot boxes are a form of illegal gambling because players always get a specific number of items in each box, and those items can't be traded or sold for real-world money in-game.

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"For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting".

Niewusblad reports that EA is now under investigation by the Brussels public prosecutor's office as requested by the Belgian Gaming Commission for this refusal to remove paid loot boxes from products.

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Valve complied with the BGC authorities in July when it released a CS:GO patch restricting players in Belgium and the Netherlands from opening loot boxes.

Belgian website Nieuwsblad (via Google Translate) said EA intends to let players buy loot boxes with real-world cash in upcoming release Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, violating regulations.

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