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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Belgium starts criminal investigation against EA over FIFA loot boxes, Gaming Commission looking to sue

EA might want to quit while they are ahead or soon they are going to have to force refund there MTs. That will hurt.



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fatslob-:O said:
Meh, if the worse comes to worse they'll probably just not sell the game in that region. EA can afford to ignore a tiny market like Belgium if it wants to act hostile to it's interests ...

Belgium, yes. But they're also lobbying to get this ruling expanded through the whole EU. That would be pretty much a killing blow for EA and their Fifa series, as it's by leaps and bounds the primary market of Fifa (about 80%, though this includes UK, which probably wouldn't be covered by such a ruling if it would come due to Brexit).



fatslob-:O said:
Meh, if the worse comes to worse they'll probably just not sell the game in that region. EA can afford to ignore a tiny market like Belgium if it wants to act hostile to it's interests ...

More likely that they'd just disable pack purchases with real money in that country (as 2K did for NBA). FIFA point purchases are already region locked as is, so it shouldn't even be that hard to change. They'll still release the game there though, there's no chance they'd give up all those sales.



E.A....can't think that the risk is worth it, can they?

I mean if they lose...the precedent alone should be getting Activision and other companies insisting they drop it before the closest to microtransactions they can do in many European nations and American states are Amiibo.



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KrspaceT said:
E.A....can't think that the risk is worth it, can they?

I mean if they lose...the precedent alone should be getting Activision and other companies insisting they drop it before the closest to microtransactions they can do in many European nations and American states are Amiibo.

There's literally no basis nor reason to ban microtransactions. Don't be silly.



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To me this is a pointless interference on a game, mostly gamers shouldn't even buy EA products.



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The only sad thing is that just fictional countries like Belgium can be so great!



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fatslob-:O said:
Meh, if the worse comes to worse they'll probably just not sell the game in that region. EA can afford to ignore a tiny market like Belgium if it wants to act hostile to it's interests ...

Belgium is european union and I that has a connected market. Meaning that a company should not be able to forbid re-selling anything sold in another EU-country. I'm not sure though, if in that case EA can be made responsible for the version sold outside Belgium.



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It's really interesting to follow this. Let's wait and see how this will turn out for EA and their future.



fatslob-:O said:
Meh, if the worse comes to worse they'll probably just not sell the game in that region. EA can afford to ignore a tiny market like Belgium if it wants to act hostile to it's interests ...

Belgium is the main HQ for the EU and are already passing the proposal to the rest of EU where the bulk of Fifa's sales are so unless EA want to lose out on sales from a whole region that isn't really an option, I know Netherlands have already accepted Belgium's stance.