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Overwatch Pulls Loot Boxes in Belgium After They Were Declared Gambling

Published: 27/Aug/2018 19:17 Updated: 27/Aug/2018 19:28

by Vincent Genova

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Blizzard has removed the option to purchase loot boxes in Overwatch due to pressure from the Belgian Gaming Commission.

A report by the BGC, subsequently backed up by the Belgian Ministry of Justice, declared that loot boxes are considered gambling.

Blizzard disagreed with the decision, though they are complying with the findings and the option to purchase loot boxes will be removed soon.

Belgian Overwatch players will still be able to unlock loot boxes through gameplay.

Loot boxes in gaming have caused controversy since their introduction, since they operate similar to a slot machine and are available to players of all ages.

The BGC suggested regulations on games that include the boxes instead of their outright removal.

According to Games Industry, the suggestions included age verification for currency purchases in stores and online, a ban from minors playing games with loot boxes and a certified label the would alert customers if a game features these mechanics.

One of the more important suggestions involved publishing the drop rates of loot boxes and the algorithm used to determine the random items must be visible to authorities.

This regulation would be similar to slot machines in the United States, where casino operators must follow a law that dictates how often their machines pay out.

Blizzard was forced to publish their drop rates to continue selling loot boxes in China and South Korea, though the rates apply for those regions only. They claimed the rates are universal in all regions, but that is not verified by a neutral party.

Blizzard’s full statement on removing loot boxes is below.

In April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission published a report that was endorsed by the Belgian Ministry of Justice in which they concluded that paid loot boxes in Overwatch are considered gambling under local law. While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law. As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.

No matter what, we want to make sure that our players around the world have the best entertainment experience possible. While players in Belgium will no longer be able to purchase paid loot boxes in Overwatch and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm, they’ll still be able to earn them by playing the games, and they’ll still have access to all in-game content.

These measures will be implemented shortly. We also remain open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on this topic.

Source: Blizzard

Call of Duty

Drift0r explains why Warzone “isn’t worth” playing anymore

Published: 26/Jan/2021 22:07

by Tanner Pierce

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Popular Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r has released a new video explaining why he thinks Warzone isn’t worth playing anymore due to the number of cheaters in the game, confirming that he is on the brink of “jumping ship” with the battle royale title.

If you’ve been wondering if/when larger content creators and streamers would abandon Warzone due to the lack of an anti-cheat software then wonder no more.

Today, Drift0r – one of the more prominent content creators in the CoD scene – has made a video slamming Warzone for its inability to deal with all the rampant cheating and it seems like the issue has brought him to a breaking point with the game.

“It’s difficult enough with skill-based matchmaking as it is, having to play the sweatiest top 1% players, that’s a challenge in-and-0f-itself that I don’t particularly like for battle royale, but adding in blatant aim-botters on top of that makes the game painfully unfun,” Drift0r said.

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According to Drift0r, the cheating in Warzone has become such a problem that he’s considering leaving the game behind.

In the 10-minute long video, the YouTuber says the cheating problem is making him not want to play the game anymore, claiming that he runs into at least “two to three cheaters a night.”

Because of this, and the fact that interest in the game is waning, he contends that he doesn’t feel like the game is worth playing because of the cheating problem.

“I really like Warzone, you can look at my videos, it’s my number 1 most favorite CoD thing to play, but I’m planning to jump ship,” he said. “I got up this morning and I made the decision: I’m going to go ahead and keep making videos but I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think it’s worth playing anymore.”

Cheating is a major problem for the CoD community right now. The PC version of Warzone is riddled with cheaters and hackers, whether they use external software or manipulate the skill-based matchmaking system to get lower-tier lobbies, to the point where major tournaments have been ruined and lost integrity.

All indications are that Drift0r is not alone in sharing this sentiment; the content creators he’s talked to feel a similar way, claiming they are all ready to “jump ship” as well once a viable game comes along that protects them from cheaters.

Because of this, it seems like the future of Warzone is going to be a turbulent one if Activision doesn’t do anything about the state of the game soon, especially when it comes to the cheating problem.