When is a loot box not a loot box? When it’s not random, it would appear.

That’s the workaround Valve has implemented for Dota 2 players in The Netherlands, after drawing the attention of the Dutch Gaming Authority. As reported by Eurogamer, via Reddit, Dutch Dota 2 players can now see the items that they’ll receive in a loot box before they buy. They can only “preview” one box at a time, and the contents are locked to your account, so leaving the purchase page or restarting the game won’t give you a different prize.

It’s an interesting way to dodge the loot box legislation, though I’m not sure how I feel about it. Yes, you get to see what your next box will get you, but this could be seen as making you gamble on the next box, whose contents are unknown. In other words, if you want the SuperLoot(tm), you might see that the current box won’t provide it … but let me buy that crap and maybe the next box will? Oh, shoot, the preview says it won’t. OK, let me get that one out of the way and maybe the next box — nope. OK, let me buy that one, and …

In other words, it’s a tricky way around the mandate that says that random loot boxes are bad, but might not do anything to actually curb the gambling impulse that powers loot box transactions. What do you guys think?

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.


  1. It’s clever, all this does is make you gamble on the “next” loot box like was mentioned in the post. It’s not like people are gonna see what they get and if it’s crap decide to never buy a loot box again. In reality it changes absolutely nothing because when you’re buying a lootbox you’re just buying to see what’s in the next one, you’re still gambling. Either way, good job to whoever thought of this I guess. Unless they pass some other law they will probably get away with it

  2. The whole lootbox thingy is just stupid with games like dota2, since the game is completely free. It makes sense with other games that have p2w features or boosters that makes you progress faster.


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