According to a report from Belgian website Nieuwsblad (thanks, Gamasutra), EA has refused to comply with Belgian gambling laws regarding Ultimate Team Packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18.
The Belgian Gaming Commission is reportedly investigating EA over a refusal to remove loot boxes from Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and the upcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association 19. If it does go to court, it's possible the ruling ends up in EA's favor, at which point the Gaming Commission has stated that it would then move in an attempt to get the law changed to specifically include loot boxes.
The Belgian Gaming Commission investigated four games in particular before coming to its conclusion that in-game loot boxes pertained to gambling, and therefore should be out of the reach of children: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Star Wars: Battlefront II and Federation Internationale de Football Association 18. He argues that players know exactly how much loot they are getting, before comparing it to the Panini football stickers that some enthusiasts collect and trade.
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Based upon previous statements from EA executives, like CEO Andrew Wilson's back in May, EA might be readying for a legal battle over loot boxes rather than giving in without a fight (for this lucrative income stream).
According to Belgium publication Metro, EA has already received a warrant, and the file has been sent to Brussel's public prosecutor's office.
KitGuru Says: No matter what EA thinks, it has a duty to uphold national laws and therefore should really outline its plans to comply before facing hefty fines. Moreover, the Belgian Gaming Commission already declared lootboxes as a form of gambling and will revise the existing gambling laws to avoid further lootbox issues.