Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens wants to ban the sale of games with loot boxes.

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    I hope this happens not knowing what your purchasing in a game is a joke, I don't trust game publishers who are to money focused and don't see a problem with this type of system,
    a law will stop games heading in this direction they should stick with DLC in purchased games as in adding more to the game for those who want it and not effecting those who don't.
    If a game is Free then I am fine with pay to win and in game purchases to progress through the game.( I don't purchased this type of game to costly) but when you purchase a full priced game you have already given your money to play the game and should only pay more to do more.
     
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    Thank you Dice for briging a doom (or at least a chance of it) to loot boxes.
    After Battlefield 1 fiasco and now this you definitelly lost a client.

    @Barry J: The article doesn't say anything about micro-transactions in general, it only mentions loot boxes. So micro-transactions in games like GTA V where you can buy 8 million of GTA$ for like 60€, for which you can only buy one or two premium in-game items is still possible, because 'you know what you're buying in advance'.

    Personally, I think that sooner or later market (that means us gamers) will corrects this.
    There were larger backlashes for smaller reasons, e.g. OpenVI ban. I think people will eventually get so pissed off over this, that there will be consequenses even for biggest publishers. Gamers just need to unite and hit them when it hurts, that is their wallets.
     
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    lol ... I hope WB and EA get fucked royally.
     
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    I wonder how this would work with the likes of FIFA points? I mean technically you know that your buying FIFA points, you know how many you are going to get for your money so technically this isn't gambling. You then you use them FIFA points to buy FIFA packs, these essentially are loot-boxes ... Right? As you dont know what you are going to get. But you can only buy the FIFA packs with FIFA points and you can only buy FIFA points with real money.

    I mean once you have bought them say 15,000 FIFA points with real money you are then gambling with in-game currency and not real money but you are forced to buy FIFA points with real money in the first place.
     
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    The way I see this working out is it'll all revert back to a shop system, where you know exactly what you want and only buy what you wanted. Then, the next "backlash" will be the cost of certain in-game items.

    Now, what would be really cool (like on the level of ppi) is if they forced the companies to refund all monies that's been spent on loot box systems. Now that would send a shockwave through the industry.
     
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    At least BY LAW "banning" the idea for micro transactions without knowing what you get is the right step for gaming industry, yeah it IS a stop for future marketing from game developers/publishers. Ofc no one can stop the "pay for better stuff" when you know what you are paying for, though at least that they won't make it a "must" in the future so players vs players who pay for gettting better stuff won't be day vs night.

    However..will this law be established worldwide or in few regions or even worst few countries..?
     
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    Dice? You must mean EA. Most developers don't want to put stuff like this in their game that compromises their design or requires them to completely focus the entire design of the game around them.

    Hopefully the EU will move to ban this practice of gambling in games. I don't even care if the only thing you can buy in a lootbox is a cosmetic, the pay2win stuff is a separate issue from lootbox gambling.
     
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    While i dislike microtransactions very much, i think regulation is not the right answer. People should just be smarter and do not use them or ignore games utilizing them altogether.

    Regulators usually do not understand industry internals very well, ending up making life for developers harder. It can make legitimate use of lootboxes impossible, among other things.
     

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    Loot boxes are a dumb idea and should be removed altogether. There is no justification for this. Illness should be treated in relation to its severity. This problem is severe, thus should be cut out completely.

    Personally I find all the micro transactions disgusting. We need to get back to old formula - you get what you pay for. A 100% game, any future content is an ADDITION to current content, and not blocked out / cut out content.
     
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    You'd think simply debating it's illegal at such a high level would be enough of a hint for publishers to abandon this practice.
     
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    Looks like time is running out for game developers like EA. It's about damn time!!!
     
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    Should we thank EA and Dice for being so greedy they have now doomed that XD

    Seriously this is a good thing, loot boxes are and always will be gambling. to say anything otherwise is a lie. Loot boxes have actually made me miss Season pass, at least then you knew what you was going to get... (and normally cost a lot less than loot boxes, some of them are like 25 boxes for £39.99) that's more than most full priced games let alone season passes...
     
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    That´s a very nice point you made! The same happens in PES18 that i´ve just bought. In some game modes, Master League and MyClub, we need to buy players to make better teams and win leagues and cups but we can´t buy them directly, instead we have to use scouts to narrow the search and then we are awarded a random player. In a certain way this is a good system because it prevents people from all having Messi and Ronaldo in their teams...
    But the problem is that we can spend real money to buy PES coins and then use those to try to buy players but the buying system is random, so this is an indirect gambling system... Just like Fifa... How to deal with this kind of cases???
     

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    Isn't this exactly the same as with casino chips ? You go to the casino, exchange your money for chips and then gamble with them.

    While the idea of people being smarter is great, it simply does not work. There was a similar trend 50 years ago about safety in electronic devices. Many thought that we can educated masses on how to safely use electronic devices. None of this ever worked like that, we now therefore have devices, where you cannot reach any internal parts with fingers, tounge or any other body part. You can also look into your microwave manual, where you"ll find a stern warning not to attempt to dry your pets in it.
     
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    This means counter strike global offensive is going to be banned as well. Thank you minister.
     
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    I so hope they escalate this to the European council and win, I am so sick of mobile gaming mechanics being put into games everywhere.

    It might have been Star Wars Battlefront 2 that burst the lootbox bubble, but there are so many titles that are worse. I refunded Need for speed Payback the first time I reached the reward screen;
     
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    Like this will ever hit the real parliament and be passed. They probably could not sell a single current multiplayer title anymore.
     
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    Completely ridiculous.

    These are clearly digital analogs to physical goods that have been sold for decades.

    Trading cards, game cards.

    Is the good minister going to ban the sale of Pokemon or Magic the Gathering foil packages?

    Clearly he is not.
     

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