Purchasing Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm Loot Boxes Disabled in Belgium

You can no longer buy loot boxes in Belgium's versions of Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm

By Grayshadow, Posted 28 Aug 2018

The ongoing legal battles against loot boxes have been escalating since Star Wars Battlefront 2 launched and after the Belgium Gaming Commision made their ruling that loot boxes fall under gambling back in November Blizzard has been forced to comply with the law. Despite Blizzard's disagreement, the company has removed the ability to purchase loot boxes.

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Players can still earn loot boxes from in-game progress but the in-game currency has been removed to prevent players from purchasing them using real-world money. 

In April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission published a report that was endorsed by the Belgian Ministry of Justice in which they concluded that paid loot boxes in Overwatch are considered gambling under local law. 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. 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.

No matter what, we want to make sure that our players around the world have the best entertainment experience possible. 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.

These measures will be implemented shortly. We also remain open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on this topic.

Overwatch is now available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Heroes of the Storm is now available for PC.

Adam Siddiqui, NoobFeed
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