Following Belgium, the Netherlands will ban loot boxes

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Other European countries have decided fighting loot boxes. They’re chasing Belgium for this current mess that equates to gambling and earns video game companies an incredible amount of money banned in the Netherlands.

Six Dutch political parties have voted for a proposal to completely ban the sale of the infamous loot boxes. The bill states that loot boxes are a form of gambling. According to politicians, children should be manipulated and encouraged to buy.

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Belgium already banned loot boxes in 2018. If the proposal is supported by a majority of MPs, the next country with a complete ban will be the Netherlands. The six political parties mentioned make up the parliamentary majority.

Recall that Dutch politicians had a fierce dispute about loot boxes with Electronic Arts back in 2020. The bone of contention is the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) packages, which are an integral part of the FIFA football series.

Although EA was initially fined, after resistance, the Supreme Court overturned the decision, stating that loot boxes do not always violate Dutch gambling laws. However, Blizzard did not launch Diablo Immortal in Belgium and the Netherlands, which average over a million dollars a day from microtransactions.


In Spain they will not be so radical, they only intend to regulate loot boxes and change the law prohibit persons under 18 years of age. According to local media, since the beginning of 2024.

The law on the regulation of so-called “random reward mechanisms” has entered the phase of hearings and public information. Among other things, at this stage, citizens can express their opinion on the law under consideration.

Through law, politicians in Spain want to force companies that use these mechanisms in their games to provide them more accurate information on how they work and what rewards the player can receive. Plus, the law prohibits the broadcast of advertisements for loot boxes, cryptocurrencies and NFTs on radio and television during the daytime, the place will only be in the time interval from 1:00 to 5:00.


He recently joined the fight against loot boxes. 20 consumer European organizations, including the Czech representation. Together, these groups are taking coordinated action and petitioning the authorities to regulate loot boxes.

Source :Indian TV

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