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Old 13-Sep-2018, 07:59   #1
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EA under criminal investigation in Belgium

EA has had what some may call "a bad year". Many of their problems relate to their use of lootboxes and lootbox-like mechanics in their games. It all started with the notorious Star Wars Battlefront 2, which famously was forced to remove its lootboxes from the game after player outrage (and reportedly, Disney stepping in). The whole controversy caused various governmental bodies around the world to start investigating the concept of lootboxes, amid complaints that it was gambling. Almost every country globally decided that lootboxes are not gambling, with the notable exception of Belgium and the Netherlands. As such, lootboxes were declared illegal in those countries.

Since then, EA has been dialing back their usage of lootboxes in all their games, with the notable exception of FIFA which is, financially speaking, their golden goose. While other game developers such as Valve and Blizzard began removing lootboxes from their games (in Belgium and Netherlands only), EA declared that they disagree with the assertion that lootboxes are a form of gambling and didn't change anything about the way FIFA Ultimate Team packs worked in their FIFA games. As a result, it is now widely being reported that EA is under criminal investigation in Belgium by the public prosecutors' office. If they decide to press charges, this could land EA in a lengthy and costly court battle.

More to come on this story as it evolves!
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They're gambling in an extremely-expensive-sticker-packs sort of way.
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