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Report says Belgium loot box laws have been ineffective

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A new report from loot box researcher Leon Y. Xiao states that Belgium’s loot box laws banning the sale of the randomised microtransaction crates in games has not been properly enforced, with a majority of successful games among those available in the European country still implementing the systems.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the study, published by Xiao on July 28, found that 82 of the 100 highest-grossing Belgian iPhone games in May 2022 contained loot box features.

This is despite a recommendation by the Belgian Gaming Commission in 2018 for criminal prosecution over the use of illegal loot boxes.

Xiao’s report says that the law has been circumvented easily by a number of different measures. As an example, the report states that in the case of Roblox, its publisher “did not explicitly require that user-generated loot boxes be blocked from purchase in Belgium.” These laws have caused some developers to remove loot boxes from their titles in Belgium, including EA’s FIFA series, Valve’s Dota 2 and CS:GO, and Psyonix’s Rocket League.

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