Belgium considered that these loot boxes “mix gaming and video games” and “could be dangerous to the mental health of the youngest.”
The Belgian government’s videogame commission has ruled that loot boxes and the payment for cashiers offering random content are a form of gambling. Remember that this type of microtransactions have been under fire after the ‘flood’ of criticisms that were made to ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’.
The bet on ‘loot boxes’ is getting bigger from major publishers, with Activision Blizzard, Warner Bros. and Ubisoft to adopt the system that will also have started in the mobile market.
The spread has been such that even the Belgian Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, has spoken out on the case. “Mixing games of chance with video games is dangerous for children’s mental health, especially at a younger age,” read on PCGamer.
The aim of the Belgian government is not to categorize loot boxes as gambling and is available to take the case to the European Commission to ban them altogether.