Square Enix Pulls Three Mobile Games From Belgium Over Anti-Loot Box Laws

Square Enix Pulls Three Mobile Games From Belgium Over Anti-Loot Box Laws

Bad pulls.

Square Enix pulled three mobile games from Belgium following a ban on loot boxes in the country as they're now classified as a form of gambling.

Mobius Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts Union X and Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia were all pulled from mobile app stores in Belgium as a result of "the present uncertain legal status of 'loot boxes' under Belgian law," according to Square Enix.

Belgium has been one of the strongest opponents of loot boxes since EA kicked off a major loot box controversy with Star Wars Battlefront 2. Since then, Belgium's gaming commission ruled against loot boxes and games like Overwatch, FIFA, and NBA 2K were forced to change the mechanics of loot boxes or risk further punishment.

Other countries that have looked into, or taken action against, loot boxes include the Netherlands, Australia, and even a handful of states in the US. However, Belgium has consistently taken the hardline stance against loot boxes.

Some companies have circumnavigated Belgium's laws by either removing select features or altering the loot box mechanic. But it appears that pulling games from the Belgian market isn't off the table for some developers. Game companies that utilize loot box monetization are also paying attention closely to the market, and alternatives like Battle Passes have begun springing up in the industry.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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