EA Backs Down In Belgian Loot Box Standoff

Months after its rivals agreed to remove or limit loot boxes in Belgium, video game publisher EA has announced it will effectively stop the sale of random card packs in the popular FIFA series.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the US-based publisher said that it would no longer sell FIFA Points for real money in Belgium.

The points are used in the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) sub-game to buy digital packs of cards featuring professional footballers. The cards are then used to build teams and compete online against other players.

EA was one of a group of companies including Valve and Blizzard named by the Belgian Gambling Commission (BGC) last year as being in breach of the country’s gambling laws.

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