Nintendo stops with lootboxgames for smartphones in Belgium

Nintendo is going to be smartphonegames Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is no longer in Belgium offer. The games contain so-called lootboxen, which, according to the Belgian gaming authority in conflict with the law.

The Japanese gamebedrijf made the decision known on his website. “Due to the current unclear situation in Belgium about certain in-gameverdienmodellen, we decided to use the service for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Fire Emblem Heroes in Belgium to terminate,” according to a statement.

The games will be from 27 August unplayable for Belgian players. In addition, it is from that moment no longer possible in Belgian appwinkels to download.

Players can in some games so-called ‘lootboxen’ purchase with real money. In these virtual boxes are random upgrades. Players know in advance not what they get.

In the on Nintendo-games are variations of that lootboxen offered. Fees may apply for example, players a random in-game character in Fire Emblem to unlock.

Lootboxgames are gambling in Belgium

The Belgian gaming authority concluded recently that lootboxspellen, strictly speaking, games of chance and not just be allowed to be sold. Because players did not know what reward they get, would the revenue model look like for example a slot machine.

In the Netherlands, examined the gaming authority also multiple lootboxgames. It was concluded that the games would violate the law if the content of lootboxen can also be traded. The rewards would be this namely a monetary value.

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