Normally, we don’t report on mobile games on MMOBomb, but we thought we’d make an exception in this case as it’s likely a sign of things to come.

Earlier this morning, Webzen announced that service for MU Origin — the mobile entry in its MU IP — will no longer be offered in the Netherlands. As they put it, they will “discontinue service” of the game starting June 20th.

The shutdown is in response to a recent ruling from The Netherlands Gaming Authority requiring certain game companies to make changes to their loot box system in order to be in compliance with the law. Back in April, the NGA revealed that a study of video games concluded that some were violating the country’s gambling laws and ordered them to fix the issue before June 20.

Why, exactly, Webzen has elected to pull the game rather than make the required changes has not been said. It’s possible the work required to make the game compliant would cost more than is financially sound — especially since there are more countries that allow the current loot box system than don’t. In fact, the post on the MU Origin forums assures players that the game will continue to be available on both Google Play and the App store, “in all service regions beside the Netherlands.”

The good news is that players who have already downloaded the game in the Netherlands will apparently be able to play MU Origin, so long as they already have the game installed on their device prior to the service shut off. It just won’t be available for new downloads — or even searches after that.

Furthermore, it will be able to access and play the game regardless of the region if the latest version of MU Origin distributed by Webzen is installed on the device.

It will be interesting to see what other companies decide to pull out before that June 20th date — and who makes the changes required to stay. It sucks, but I’m thinking we will see some more of this over the coming weeks.

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  1. Rea on May 21, 2018

    Those tiny countries really think that big corporations are gonna just change their politics because of their laws? Lol they can expect a lot more of this happening.

    • Weilan on May 22, 2018

      It’s not like it was good game that is now gone. It’s a mediocre game that’s gone, so good riddance. A big and respectable company won’t do this and will address the issue properly.

    • Pippo on May 22, 2018

      it’s not just Netherland, it’s all Europe. And as a gamer, I’m glad they are doing it.

  2. aRndmKid on May 21, 2018

    That girl is cute.

    • Kendah on May 22, 2018

      lol same thought

    • feedthechildren on May 23, 2018

      lol pervert, pretty sad dude. you need a gf or bf

      • feedthechildren on May 23, 2018

        I enjoy servicing people for pennies at seedy motels and swallowing all the thick white stuff.