The Minster of Justice says the mix of gaming and gambling is "dangerous."
Last week, Belgium's Gaming Commission announced that it had launched an investigation into whether the loot boxes available for purchase in games like Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront 2 constitute a form of gambling. Today, VTM News reported that the ruling is in, and the answer is yes.
The Google translation is a little sloppy, as usual, but the message is clear enough. "The mixing of money and addiction is gambling," the Gaming Commission declared. Belgium's Minister of Justice Koen Geens also weighed in, saying, "Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child."
Geens, according to the report, wants to ban in-game purchases outright (<--- OP edit: he's only talking about loot boxes, not just any in-game purchase such as paying €2 for a specific skin), and not just in Belgium: He said the process will take time, "because we have to go to Europe. We will certainly try to ban it."