Seemingly ready for a court battle, EA went about continuing to sell loot boxes in Federation Internationale de Football Association, thus breaking the law.
Loot boxes, in which game players can buy mystery packages that offer random in-game items, were deemed illegal in Belgian law previous year.
It finally happened. After months of pressure, EA has announced it will officially stop selling FIFA Points in Blegium.
"We're working to make these changes effective in our Federation Internationale de Football Association console and PC games by January 31, 2019". Instead, they'll only be able to buy them using coins earned in-game. While this is a positive change, it only happened in just one country and it remains to be seen if this will affect other EA titles as well as other regions around the world.
Electronic Arts have thrown in the towel in their battle with Belgium over whether or not paid loot boxes in FIFA's Ultimate Team mode constitute illegal gambling.
"We seek to bring choice, fairness, value and fun to our players in all our games".
Though EA has chose to stop selling FIFA Points to FIFA 19 players in Belgium, the statement added that the company doesn't "agree with Belgian authorities' interpretation of the law" and "will continue to seek more clarity on the matter as we go forward". "We apologize to our players in Belgium for any inconvenience caused by this change", they noted.
The Belgian Gaming Commission outlawed loot boxes in video games back in April 2018 after investigating their usage in popular titles like Star Wars Battlefront 2, Federation Internationale de Football Association 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Most damning, though, is the final sentence that reads, "The impact of this change to FIFA Ultimate Team in Belgium is not material to our financial performance".
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