EA defies Belgian loot box decision, setting up potential "gambling" lawsuit

Doris Richards
September 11, 2018

While Blizzard, 2K Games and Valve took the required measures, EA declined to modify theirs. 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. The randomized card packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's Ultimate Team mode are still available, and they'll be present in Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, which launches at the end of this month. As EuroGamer reminds us, Wilson asserted that EA's games were "developed and implemented ethically and lawfully around the world" and that it did not agree that its games could "be considered as any form of gambling." .

Belgium declared purchasable in-game loot boxes illegal back in April, with the treat of criminal prosecution looming over less than a month later. This comes as a result of a loot box ban issued by the Kansspelcommissie (gaming commission) that decrees all forms of online gambling must be removed from video games.

While 2K Games, Blizzard and Valve, already took measures to comply with Belgium's gambling laws, EA has denied that lootboxes in Federation Internationale de Football Association are in violation and has done nothing to comply with the country's gambling laws.

If criminal charges are levied against EA, will the case make it to court and will EA be willing to duke it out with the Belgian government? It highlights EA CEO Andrew Wilson as the man behind the decision to continue loot boxes throughout the summer, after Wilson stated in May that "players always receive a specified number of items in each pack".

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