EA is sticking to its guns as it maintains the randomized card packs in FIFA 18 and is planning continue it with FIFA 19 which is coming later this month.
This is even after the Dutch and Belgian governments have declared loot boxes to be gambling and are therefore illegal.
Following EA’s non-compliance, the Belgian Gaming Commission has now reached out to the Brussels public prosecutor’s office to conduct legal action against EA.
In a previous statement back in May, EA CEO Andrew Wilson has said that, “We don’t believe that FIFA Ultimate Team or loot boxes are gambling firstly because players always receive a specified number of items in each pack, and secondly we don’t provide or authorize any way to cash out or sell items or virtual currency for real money.”
With both camps firmly standing by their respective stances, with the Belgian authorities classifying loot boxes and similar mechanisms as “games of chance” while EA firmly believing that specifying the number of items in a pack and not providing a way to convert in-game items into real-world currency, it seems that the two sides will see each other in court.
EA has received a lot of backlash lately, with a lot of the gaming community criticizing the creative decisions it has made with Battlefield V’s characters, the tragic shooting incident in one of its Madden tournaments in the U.S., and now its stance on loot boxes, the gaming company seems to be a mess PR-wise.