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Blizzard removes paid loot boxes from Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in Belgium

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The loot box controversy was brought to the forefront of gaming discussions across the globe early this year after the whole Star Wars: Battlefront 2 debacle and since then, a lot of things have happened, from debates about loot boxes to Belgium declaring loot boxes as illegal. It has, without a doubt, been one massive topic in the gaming industry.

Related: Belgium declares loot boxes illegal and wants them removed from certain games

In April this year, the Belgian Gaming Commission and the Ministry of Justice concluded that paid loot boxes in both Overwatch and Heroes of the store fall under “gambling” under their law. Blizzard has now decided to comply with the interpretation, although the developer does not hold the same opinion about the conclusion made.

Therefore, Blizzard is removing loot boxes from Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm for Belgium players very soon. Blizzard explains the situation that has arisen due to the ruling by the Belgian Ministry of Justice, stating that:

As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.

No matter what, we want to make sure that our players around the world have the best entertainment experience possible. While players in Belgium will no longer be able to purchase paid loot boxes in Overwatch and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm, they’ll still be able to earn them by playing the games, and they’ll still have access to all in-game content.” - Source

This might not be the end of the story, however, as Blizzard mentions they are open to further discussion with Belgium’s Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on the topic of loot boxes in both Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm.

The measures discussed will be implemented soon It remains to be seen if more countries will jump on this wagon and basically stop loot boxes. While some gamers might like loot boxes and that feeling of excitement when opening one and finding a very rare item, it might be good if we see loot boxes less and less often in games going forward.

What is your take on the whole loot box issues and do you see it as gambling? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Blizzard

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