Star Wars Battlefront 2, Overwatch Being Investigated by Belgian Gambling Authority

Star Wars Battlefront 2, Overwatch Being Investigated by Belgian Gambling Authority

While many trends have cropped up in gaming recently, 2017 has cemented itself as the year of the loot box. So much so that according to VTM News, the Belgian Gaming Commission has launched an investigation into Star Wars: Battlefront II and Overwatch, to determine if loot boxes constitute gambling.

"If there is a game of chance, it is not possible without a permit from the Gaming Commission,” Belgian Gaming Commission director Peter Naessens said (via PCGamesN). If the investigation deems loot crates to be a game of chance, EA and Blizzard could face “hundreds of thousands of Euros” in fines. It’s also possible that their games would be removed from shelves in Belgium.

As GameSpot points out, it’s unclear if a loot box’s implementation will affect the ruling, Overwatch’s loot boxes are purely cosmetic, while Battlefront II’s offer gameplay advantages.

"Games of chance cannot be compared to any other kind of economic services," reads the commission’s charter. "They may cause people to become addicted to gambling and cause them to lose a great deal of money. For this reason, a number of protective measures have been implemented to protect players against these sorts of potential risks."

Both EA and Blizzard have yet to comment.

America’s Entertainment Software Rating Board – which isn’t a government agency – weighed in on the issue in October. They concluded that loot boxes don’t constitute gambling. "While there's an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don't want)," said a spokesperson to Kotaku. "We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you'll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you've had your eye on for a while. But other times you'll end up with a pack of cards you already have."



 

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Comments Comments (8)

 
Posted by guido
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 2:32 PM
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America’s Entertainment Software Rating Boards analogy is flat out wrong. Digital ephemera that potentially vanishes the second the servers get turned off can't be compared in any way to a physical, tangible, giftable, tradable, collectable card that is yours to keep forever. And even if you get 100 of the same card they're yours to do with what you want. You can trade em for something you'd rather have or hoard em or wallpaper your room with them. Flat out wrong! /rant
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 3:12 PM
5
16 November 2017, 02:32 PM Reply to guido
America’s Entertainment Software Rating Boards analogy is flat out wrong. Digital ephemera that potentially vanishes the second the servers get turned off can't be compared in any way to a physical, tangible, giftable, tradable, collectable card that is yours to keep forever. And even if you get 100 of the same card they're yours to do with what you want. You can trade em for something you'd rather have or hoard em or wallpaper your room with them. Flat out wrong! /rant
I’m pretty sure the Esrb is owned or managed by people from Activision, Warner Bros. Etc. it’s not a legal rating system
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 3:15 PM
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16 November 2017, 03:12 PM Reply to AdamC
I’m pretty sure the Esrb is owned or managed by people from Activision, Warner Bros. Etc. it’s not a legal rating system
I think it may have been total biscuits who was talking about it.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 3:43 PM
7
Its gambling plain and simple, hope they ban it so the pubs stop being greedy sh*ts.
 
 
 
Posted by Ron
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 3:55 PM
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16 November 2017, 03:43 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
Its gambling plain and simple, hope they ban it so the pubs stop being greedy sh*ts.
Best thing you've ever said. Have a thumbs up!
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 4:28 PM
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16 November 2017, 03:43 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
Its gambling plain and simple, hope they ban it so the pubs stop being greedy sh*ts.
Yup totally agree
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 4:30 PM
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Too right its gambling, Its totally addictive. Some personality types want the best of everything asap, some want to collect everything, some just enjoy the thrill of the possibility from the lootbox. Its when you have to spend endless amounts of money to achieve these goals that its a problem. I didnt mind the grind to get said credits for a lootbox but when its clearly unattainable by anyone thats not a hardcore 6-10 hr/day player to get them so you;d have to pay cash then its a problem.
 
 
 
Posted by cortez72
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 7:43 PM
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Marvel Heroes Omega has gone into ‘Sunset Mode’, all the game assets are 1 Eternity Splinter a piece: costumes, boosts, characters.

As Guido mentioned above, with the servers for that game shutting down in December, any desire to collect those costumes now is gone. And those I had earned through RNG, are no longer special. The game drive vanished.