Belgium’s Gaming Commission declares loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe

Belgium’s Gaming Commission has been investigating whether loot boxes in video games constitute gambling. Today, via VTM News, we can report that the Gaming Commission has decided in the affirmative.

The Gaming Commission declared, “The mixing of money and addiction is gambling.” Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens added his voice to the decision stating, “Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.”

Geens has said that he will work to remove any and all in-game purchases that involve luck, such as loot boxes. Geens isn’t only talking about Belgium either, stating, “But that takes time, because we have to go to Europe. We will certainly try to ban it.”

The news comes after a week of controversy for publisher EA and Star Wars: Battlefront II.


Leo Stevenson
Leo Stevenson
I've been playing games for the past 27 years and have been writing for almost as long. Combining two passions in the way I'm able is a true privilege. PowerUp! is a labour of love and one I am so excited to share.

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