Loot boxes have become a controversial issue in the gaming community and since the release of Star Wars Battlefront II the headline of many articles. Now the Belgium Gaming Commission has reviewed and established that loot boxes should be considered as gambling.

“The mixing of money and addiction is gambling,” Belgium’s gaming commission stated.

Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens also took part in the announcement. “Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.”

Belgium hopes to take this to Europe as a whole, which can lead to a lot of problems for publishers. Loot boxes have become a widespread inclusion used in video games as part of the microtransaction system in both paid and free-to-play games.

Redefining loot boxes as gambling, in theory, could cost publishers millions in fines alone and put a strain on the industry since some games depend on these purchases to continue development. Currently, games like Overwatch rely on Loot Box purchases to continue development and keep content free.

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