A new perspective on loot boxes follows an intense week of controversy. This news comes hot on the heels of publisher Electronic Arts pulling the microtransactions until further notice, and the Belgian Gaming Commission announcing that it's launching an investigation of its own into loot boxes.
In response to this finding, Geens says that Belgium will go to the European Union with the goal of ending this business model. In their early comments, they have not noted any exceptions to their desire for a ban.
Do you consider loot boxes to be gambling? This is especially so for those of a young age, according to the Minister and can be bad for mental health of the child. Conversely, since you know exactly what you're paying for, other forms of in-game purchases are still okay in their book. At launch, the title prevented players from accessing key features of the game such as playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader without either gruelling grinds or shelling out extra cash to help bypass its confusing internal economy.
Second, this is just a ruling - nothing more, nothing less. However, it still takes time to see that passed into law (assuming it gets passed at all). However, with Europe taking action, the folks in the United States are far more likely to take action.