Developer and Publisher EA latest game Star Wars Battlefront 2 is being stormed by controversies first the response of EA rep over loot boxes which has become the most downvoted comment in the history and the Fake Death Threat story which has raised another drama.
And now it is being reported that Star Wars Battlefront 2 along with Overwatch is being investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission for using unlicensed gambling in video games and if found guilty will be punished by the law under Belgian Ministry of Justice.
According to a Belgian news outlet VTM Peter Naessens, the director of Belgium’s Gaming Commission said that if the game involves game of chance it may be classified as gambling
“It is therefore dependent on chance how well you can play the game. And in that case, this is one of the games of chance, “
“If there is a game of chance, is not possible without a permit from the Gaming Commission”
Naessens says that apart from the unlicensed gambling in both the games the bigger issue is that both Battlefront 2 and Overwatch are rated as Pegi 12 which means many teenagers are playing the game and it is dangerous for minors.
If after the investigation the loot boxes are found to be gambling then both EA and Blizzard will be fined for hundreds and thousands of dollars not a big dent in their pocket but it would surely have a wider impact on the whole gaming industry.
This is not the first time for games are being investigated for Gambling earlier the UK Gambling Commission has launched an investigation into this matter after a Politician raised the issue in the British Parliament.
Blizzard CEO Micheal Morhaime believes that there is nothing wrong the loot boxes in their game Overwatch and so does other rating boards like ESRB, Pegi, and UKIE who said that loot boxes are not gambling as it does not fit the criteria of Gambling law.
Well, loot boxes issue is not going to be solved anytime soon and the decision of Government will be very crucial for future games so it would be interesting to see what they decide.