In April of 2018, Belgium contested the in-game purchasable player packs in EA’s FIFA, claiming them to be of a gambling nature since you don’t know the outcome of the purchase. This meant that EA would have to have a license to sell the packs, which they didn’t. EA has basically been violating the Belgian law for quite a while.
The good news is that EA has finally made the decision to stop selling the “loot boxes” in Belgium and they are very sorry on their customers behalf since they are not able to provide that service any longer. Well, good riddance.
It remains to be seen if other European countries will follow suit. Something we dearly hope here at Don’t Pay the Game, and think they at least should consider, especially since FIFA games are marketed towards individuals with an age of less than 18. The game has rating of 3 (years old), which makes the situation even more concerning. Does your child purchase the player packs? The biggest question of them all is though… Why aren’t games containing loot boxes forced to be rated 18+?
When you think Activision can’t sink any lower with Black Ops 4, here they are, surprising us all again. Their latest addition to the in-game shop is a red dot reticle for your reflex sight, and they are charging the equivalent of $1 for it.
“But it’s just $1.” I prefer to phrase it the other way around. “It’s just a red dot!” To be frank, I don’t see where Activision get the balls to try and charge gamers $1 for a few red pixels. Surely they have to understand that a scheme like this will blow up in their face and put more fuel to the fire of “Cashtivision”
So why do they do this? To get players credit card numbers on the hook. Players who would never spend anything in the game otherwise but think “But it’s just $1.” When the next “crazy sale” of 50% off digital items opens up, it’s only one click of a button away…