Star Wars Battlefront II Becomes Involved in Gambling Investigation, EA Responds
Star Wars Battlefront II continues to be involved in more drama as Electronic Arts (EA) gradually counts the remaining days into the official release date.
Earlier today, VTM News confirmed that the Belgian Gaming Commission has begun investigating the highly anticipated sequel to determine whether Crates (loot boxes) come under gambling or not. Any company dealing with games of chance in the country have to get a permit from the local regulating body.
If the investigation categorizes Star Wars Battlefront II under gambling, the publishing-giant could face fines amounting to “hundreds of thousands of euros” or more. There is also the slim chance that the commission deems it necessary to have the game removed from sale in Belgium.
However, EA is not at all concerned with the matter because it believes that the progression and loot system of the game do not come under gambling.
“The crate mechanics of Star Wars Battlefront II are not gambling,” EA told GameSpot in a statement. “A player’s ability to succeed in the game is not dependent on purchasing crates. Players can also earn crates through playing the game and not spending any money at all. Once obtained, players are always guaranteed to receive content that can be used in game.”
The community has made a lot of noise this week on social media platforms to highlight the pay-to-win model of Star Wars Battlefront II. There are severe game-affecting benefits that can be obtained with real-world currency, leaving others to invest weeks of grinding time in order to get the same for free.
Star Wars Battlefront II is scheduled to release on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.