EA Dodges EUR10 Million Fine After Court Rules Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling.
EA won a legal battle to avoid a vast EUR10 million fine. This after previously refusing loot boxes removed from FIFA Ultimate Team.
The case began in October 2020. It feels like it was a lifetime ago. The court decided that EA could be fined EUR500,000 by the Kansspelautoriteit (the Dutch authority responsible for Gambling and related gaming issues) for each week they sold loot boxes. EA refused to pay the fine and removed the loot boxes, although the fine was limited to EUR10 million.
VGC reported that the Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division of Council of State has ruled that the previous ruling imposed an “unjustified penalty” and will not have to pay any.
The whole case was about whether FIFA’s loot box counted as ” “game of chan”e”. This is a Dutch law that requires a special” “gaming licence”e” if the chance element is a separate feature and not part of a giant game or skill. (cheers VGC). KSA previously claimed that loot boxes were standalone and therefore EA should be fined as thedidn’t’t have a license. However, that argument has been overturned.
The court ruled that although packcan’t’t is opened while you play matches or quests, you can open them in the same FUT manner. The fact that the pack is opened apart from the match or in game task does not mean it is a different game.”
“The packs are not standalone games and therefore do not require a license. The publisher did not infringe the Betting and Gaming Act and therefore the Games of Chance Authoritshouldn’t’t have made a penalty payment to the publisher.
Sothat’s’s that. The inclusion of loot containers in games, regardless of whether they are legal or not, remains a morally gray area. This is especially true when it comes games that children are likely to play. A study done last year revealed ” “robust”t” link between gambling problems and” “surprise mechanics . They seem to be here, despite all the controversy.