EA under investigation by Belgian Gaming Commission

EA under investigation by Belgian Gaming Commission

EA under investigation by Belgian Gaming Commission

According to a report from Belgian website Nieuwsblad (thanks, Gamasutra), EA has refused to comply with Belgian gambling laws regarding Ultimate Team Packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18.

However, unlike other publishers, EA apparently hasn't altered its in-game purchases in Belgium, and now it could be in trouble with Belgian authorities.

2K Games and Blizzard Entertainment have also been in the firing line for National Basketball Association 2K and Overwatch loot boxes, repsectively, which have subsequently been removed to comply with Belgian law, while Valve has also had to remove loot boxes from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Ultimate Team card packs in the Federation Internationale de Football Association games haven't been adjusted to comply with Belgium's laws, and so EA is reportedly under criminal investigation.


EA maintains that its loot boxes are not a form of gambling.

Blizzard, Valve, and 2K Games all adhered to the ruling and disabled the offending loot boxes in Belgium, but EA still hasn't followed suit. 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". Things could get significantly worse for the company if Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 comes out at the end of the month clad with loot boxes as intended.

According to a machine translation of this article in Metro, the Brussels public prosecutor's office announced it is conducting a criminal investigation into EA for failure to comply. Wilson went on to claim that its "loot boxes" were not equivalent to gambling as there is no way to cash out or sell loot items for real/virtual currency.

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