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Blizzard to remove paid loot boxes in Belgium

August 28, 2018 — by Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh0

Ever since the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box fiasco, the world has been cautious around loot boxes. It even led to a court ruling in Europe, which has now led to Blizzard removing paid loot boxes and chests from Overwatch and Heroes of Storm in Belgium.

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Belgium’s Gambling Commission made the ruling in April, which stated that purchasable lootboxes in games like Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm were not in line with Belgium’s gambling regulations.

Blizzard released a statement about the same, saying that they were surprised by the conclusion, and did not share the same opinion, however, they would comply with the decision. So now, measures have been implemented to prevent players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game lootboxes and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch with gems or real money.

Blizzard added that while players could no longer purchase in-game loot boxes, they would still be able to earn them in-game, and would still have access to all content in the game.

The statement did not mention a specific date for the removal of the loot boxes, but we’re assuming “shortly” means soon™. Blizzard have also mentioned that they are willing to discuss the matter further with relevant authorities, meaning paid loot boxes could come back in the future.

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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh

If he's not gaming, he's... no wait he's always gaming.

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