Electronic Arts is halting FIFA Points sales in Belgium

Electronic Arts is halting FIFA Points sales in Belgium

I can relate. After further discussions with the Scottish authorities, I myself recently chose to stop stabbing tourists in Scotland.

Following the loot box controversy in Europe, EA has announced that it will concede to Belgian authorities and stop selling FIFA Points in the country, to fall in line with local gambling laws. Belgian folks can still play Ultimate Team, can still buy stuff with the virtuacash earned by playing, can still use any players they got through FIFA Points, and can still spend leftover points they may have.

Belgium's Gaming Commission ruled in 2018 that loot boxes in some-but not all-games constituted illegal gambling, and would need to go.

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Loot boxes, in which game players can buy mystery packages that offer random in-game items, were deemed illegal in Belgian law past year.

The FIFA Points will be removed from all FIFA games on console and PC by the end of January, EA said. This means that players in Belgium will not be able to purchase points to obtain FIFA Ultimate Team packs. Any players in Belgium that have existing FIFA Points in their accounts can continue to use them, but they will not be able to purchase more. "In addition to providing players options in how they play, we include pack probabilities in our games for the transparency players want to make informed content choices", EA said. The game's other in-game currency, coins, along with the transfer market, will remain up and running in the wake of this news. "We apologize to our players in Belgium for any inconvenience caused by this change", they noted.

EA then goes on to say some mumbo jumbo about "choice, fairness, value and fun" and how it doesn't agree with the Belgian authorities' ruling on loot boxes. This move brings EA in compliance with Belgian law. Most damning, though, is the final sentence that reads, "The impact of this change to FIFA Ultimate Team in Belgium is not material to our financial performance".

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