Blizzard's Overwatch, EA's Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and Valve's Counter Strike: Global Offensive all meet these requirements, and according to the Belgian Gaming Commission, lootboxes in these games are illegal.
The Belgian Gaming Commission has determined that randomized loot boxes in at least three games count as "games of chance", and publishers could therefore be subject to fines and prison sentences under the country's gaming legislation. Star Wars Battlefront II was investigated and found to be in compliance, a finding that Geens says is a result of the game's recent microtransaction and loot box changes.
In their report, they state that loot boxes are gambling, simply by virtue of the fact that you're betting money for a randomised outcome. Among the four games tested, only Star Wars Battlefront II was found not to break the law, as it had removed its microtransactions after launch due to a significant backlash from fans.
The game was heavily criticized for relying too much on loot boxes as a form of player progression, and such was the ire of the gaming public that loot boxes became a worldwide conversation.
Geens said: 'An interview with the sector is imminent.
According to a statement from Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens, four different games with loot boxes were investigated but only three were found to be in violation of the law.
It was not long ago when we got to know that Netherlands has declared loot boxes as gambling. "Players are tempted and misled and none of the protective measures concerning gambling is applied'".
"We have already taken numerous measures to protect both minors and adults against the influence of, among other things, gambling advertising", he said. "That is why we must also ensure that children and adults are not confronted with games of chance when they are looking for fun in a video game". These charges can be doubled if it can be proved that the "victims" involve minors. They thus must remove the controversial in-game items or can otherwise face fines of up to €800,000 and or prison time of up to five years.