2K calls upon Belgian gamers to lobby government reps over loot boxes

2K calls upon Belgian gamers to lobby government reps over  loot boxes

NBA publisher 2K has asked its audience in Belgium to get in touch with government reps in the region in order to allow loot boxes in the region.

In a post on its website, the publishing giant explained that its upcoming NBA 2K19 would not feature loot boxes in that country after Belgium deemed these to be illegal earlier in April of this year.

2K titles aren't the only ones affected, either. Games from Valve and Blizzard have also had to omit loot boxes.

Conversations with the Belgium Gaming Commission are on-going, 2K says, but the company has called upon gamers to add their voices into the mix. And we know that this audience never takes things too far.

"The Belgium Gaming Commission (BGC) has stated that games which include some 'loot box' style mechanics violate gambling laws in Belgium," 2K wrote.

"While we disagree with this position, we are working to comply with the BGC's current interpretation of these laws. As a result, we made some local changes to the MyTeam mode. These changes are necessary for the purposes of the BGC's interpretation of the Belgian Gaming Act. Specifically, we will be able to buy and buy coupons (not earned) currency / VC.Gamers are still able to acquire myTeam points. We will be continuing conversations with the BGC in order to explain our view. If you agree, we recommend that you contact your local government representative. We will keep the community posted on any developments. We apologise for any inconvenience."

2K has also released a statement about the lack of loot boxes in the Netherlands, too. 

This follows a conversation around the world about the use of loot boxes in video games following a number of releases at the end of 2017 being far too aggressive with their implementation.

Star Wars Battlefront II was the source of the biggest scandal, but Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Forza Motorsport 7 also came under fire.

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