After large fines for companies in Korea over loot boxes, further countries have cracked down on the in-game practice as the Netherlands loot boxes from four games as breaking the country’s Betting and Gaming Act. According to the decision from the regulator, the content of these boxes is determined by chance and could be traded outside the game, meaning that a special license is needed.
The Dutch gaming authority did not explicitly name which four games had contravened its laws, but it was reported that it was FIFA 18, Dota 2, PUBG and Rocket League. The regulator has also demanded that game publishers and developers change any loot boxes with “addiction-sensitive” elements. If the companies don’t by comply June 20, the gaming authority could introduce fines or bans.
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