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EA faces prosecution in Belgium over Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 'loot boxes'

EA faces prosecution in Belgium over Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 'loot boxes'”

The randomized card packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's Ultimate Team mode are still available, and they'll be present in Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, which launches at the end of this month. The report also states the company doesn't plan to remove the feature from this month's release of Federation Internationale de Football Association 19. Described as an "illegal game of chance" by the Commission, the loot boxes could be deemed illegal for failing to ensure that minors aren't subjected to gambling, with the unknown nature of the loot boxes' rewards being to blame. Federation Internationale de Football Association players are also unable to sell these in-game items for real money. He argues that players know exactly how much loot they are getting, before comparing it to the Panini football stickers that some enthusiasts collect and trade.

According to a machine translation of this article in Metro, the Brussels public prosecutor's office announced it is conducting a criminal investigation into EA for failure to comply. The government body specifically called out Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. However, one of the other major companies under the loot box microscope, EA, has supposedly drawn a line in the sand.

Based upon previous statements from EA executives, like CEO Andrew Wilson's back in May, EA might be readying for a legal battle over loot boxes rather than giving in without a fight (for this lucrative income stream). Minister of Justice Koen Geens said publishers could risk prison sentences (up to five years) and fines (up to €800,000) if games with loot boxes continued to be distributed within Belgium.

2K Games and Blizzard Entertainment have also been in the firing line for National Basketball Association 2K and Overwatch loot boxes, repsectively, which have subsequently been removed to comply with Belgian law, while Valve has also had to remove loot boxes from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.



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