Belgium moves to ban ‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’-style loot boxes

We learned last week that Belgium's gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language pub…
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EA reverses course on Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy

In an unprecedented last-minute reversal, EA has drastically altered Star Wars Battlefront II‘s controversial loot box system by temporarily removing the ability to purchase “crystals.” The game was previously designed so that players could spend real money on crystals to buy randomized bundles of in-game items, the acquisition of which was tied to earning credits — another virtual currency that could be used to unlock characters.

Fans revolted, however, after widely circulated posts on Reddit and elsewhere that suggested the game was balanced in a way that it could take dozens of hours to unlock iconic characters like Luke Skywalker without paying. There were also concerns that the gameplay-influencing items inside loot crates would…

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EA pulls in-game purchases from ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’

The launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II has been marred by controversy over the game's loot system. While players can earn bonuses like new heroes, equipment and vehicles by playing, they could also buy them quickly with microtransactions. Predictabl…
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‘Battlefront II’ under investigation in Belgium over loot crates

EA isn't only getting a lot of flak over Battlefront II's loot crates, it's also under investigation from Belgium's gambling authority. According to VTM Nieuws, the country's gaming commission is in the midst of taking a closer look at both Battlefro…
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What’s on TV: ‘Marvel’s The Punisher,’ ‘SW Battlefront II’

After an extended cameo in the last run of Daredevil, Netflix is releasing The Punisher on its own, while EA is dropping the controversial Star Wars: Battlefront II at the end of this week. Of course, gamers can also opt for a remastered version of L…
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