Blizzard withdraws paid loot boxes in Belgium

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Blizzard has announced the imminent removal of paid loot boxes and chests from Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players in Belgium following the country’s Gambling Commission ruling that the loot boxes violated Belgium’s gambling regulations.

“While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law,” Blizzard said in a statement. “As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.”

“While players in Belgium will no longer be able to purchase paid loot boxes in Overwatch and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm, they’ll still be able to earn them by playing the games, and they’ll still have access to all in-game content.”

A specific date for the removal of paid loot boxes was not revealed, but Blizzard said it would happen “shortly.” It also indicated that it is willing to discuss the matter further with the appropriate authorities, leaving the door open to a possible return of paid loot boxes in the future. I have reached out to Blizzard to ask if any progress has been made on that front, and will update if I receive a reply.