Loot Boxes Are Not Gambling According To UK Commision

Ever since the Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy, governments have been breaking down on the loot box system with some of them calling this gambling. While Belgium thinks so, it appears that UK is a bit chill well it comes to loot boxes in games. The US has also taken this into account and will be taking action on loot boxes as well.

It seems that if these loot boxes are only restricted to the game and cannot be traded into real the UK commission is not going to do anything about it. Something can only be considered gambling in the UK if the reward is money or money’s worth. As of right now, you cannot get money from these loot boxes, at least not in Battlefront 2 and these items cannot be exchanged for money either.

According to the official UK gambling commission website:

A key factor in deciding if that line has been crossed is whether in-game items acquired ‘via a game of chance’ can be considered money or money’s worth. In practical terms this means that where in-game items obtained via loot boxes are confined for use within the game and cannot be cashed out it is unlikely to be caught as a licensable gambling activity. In those cases our legal powers would not allow us to step in.

This means that UK will not be taking any kind of action against the game or against EA. This might be a bummer for gamers in the UK that wanted justice against Star Wars Battlefront and against EA as well. We will have to see what US and Belgium do in this regard. For more news regarding the matter stay tuned to SegmentNext.

Let us know what you think about the UK gambling commission’s policy on loot boxes and whether or not you agree with this.

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