The Netherlands Classifies Loot Boxes In Dota 2 And Three Other Games As Gambling

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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And so it begins.

Eurogamer is reporting that the Dutch Gaming Authority has declared that loot boxes in Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rocket League, and FIFA 18 are gambling and their developers must acquire gambling licenses to continue to operate in the Netherlands. In particular, those games must remove "addiction-sensitive" elements and "almost-winning" effects by June 20, after which it may "instigate enforcement action" against those games.

Officially, the four games in question were not revealed by the Authority; instead, the list was uncovered by a Dutch news outlet. The Authority examined 10 games and, while it only brought the hammer down on those four, it did state that "all of the loot boxes that were studied could be addictive." Eurogamer speculates that "the 10 most popular games on Twitch" were examined. If that's the case, one wonders how games like Hearthstone, Overwatch, and League of Legends avoided sanctions.

It's unclear exactly how those games will change in the Dutch marketplace. They don't need to make "hard" changes, like limiting sales or publishing odds. Rather, it sounds like they're just need to modify how their loot boxes are presented, which could be open to interpretation. We'll check back in June 20 to see exactly what's been done.

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (3)

Izanagi 4 years ago
Sure took the authorities over here a long time to figure this out tho

kiichii 4 years ago
Loot boxes have no place in mobile pc or console games gaming industry need to fine another way of making money then robbing people with low odd loot boxes

Virgil 4 years ago
I hope they do this in evry country and game


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