Valve has suspended item trading in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the Netherlands. This comes in response to a mandate by the Dutch Gaming Authority, which seemed to indicate that four games — none of them Valve’s — were required to remove all loot boxes by June 20.

Specifically, the law stated that “Loot boxes contravene the law if the in-game goods from the loot boxes are transferable. Loot boxes do no contravene the law if the in-game goods from the loot boxes are not transferable.” As such, the loot boxes remain in the games, but, to skirt the law, the items they offer are no longer transferable.

Valve, meanwhile, continues to play the poor, confused victim, with GamesIndustry quoting a company spokesperson saying that the company doesn’t “understand or agree” with the measures taken by the Dutch Gaming Authority and referencing the actions of the body as a “threat.”

There’s no word on whether the other games originally thought to be in violation of Dutch law — FIFA 18, Dota 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Rocket League — made any changes before today’s deadline. The fine for non-compliance is the higher total of 830,000 euros or 10% of worldwide revenue that was in violation of the law.

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  1. Meh on June 20, 2018

    Dota 2 is completely free, all items in the “loot” boxes are cosmetic, so I don’t even think there’s any harm in them being tradeable, how about using this law to prevent actual p2w games lootboxes.

    • Ricky on June 21, 2018

      It’s not about the loot boxes themselves hence why “if they’re none tradeable then they’re not in violation of the law”
      The fact they’re tradeable means people can open boxes specifically trying to gamble to earn a profit by selling them on the marketplace and gambling is illegal in most countries for under 18s.

      I disagree with this gaming law / ban however that’s the reason. It’s nothing to do with the boxes not being fair.

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