Battlefront & Overwatch's Loot Boxes Under Investigation In Belgium

Battlefront & Overwatch's Loot Boxes Under Investigation In Belgium

Developments, perhaps, like the Belgian Gaming Commission's announcement that it's investigating whether Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront 2 should be classified as gambling.

It's a particular concern for the Commission when the game is available for and marketed towards children, like Overwatch and Battlefront II are (in Europe both titles have a PEGI rating of 12).

Potentially, that could lead to a walkback of loot boxes in premium-priced games, as publishers will have to consider whether the cost of a gambling classification (and associated negative feedback) is worth the return. In a statement received by GameSpot, EA says that the loot box system for "Battlefront II" is not gambling.

No doubt other similar organisations around the world will be looking into their findings with interest. The system is "dependent on chance", Gaming Commission director Peter Naessens said, which is why the games are now under investigation.

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"Creating a fair and fun game experience is of critical importance to EA". When an individual needs to purchase something without knowing what they might get, it could encourage people to spend thousands of dollars to get something they really need or want, without realizing it. For one, some players can end up advancing to the game much quicker than other players just by paying real-life money.

Battlefront II's loot boxes can contain items that actually affect gameplay, while Overwatch's are cosmetic only. "Once obtained, players are always guaranteed to receive content that can be used in game". After finishing five Arcade challenges, the player is told to come back in 14 hours to earn more.

While unlikely, the worst case would see EA forced to pay a substantial fine and remove the game from sale.

Loot boxes in EA's "Star Wars Battlefront II" is now being investigated by Belgium's gambling regulators.

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