Electronic Arts will 'push forward' with loot boxes in future games

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#1 Posted by PredatorRules (12359 posts) -

The publisher said it is working with regulators to ensure that its games do not break any laws.

Belgium's Gaming Commission recently declared that the loot boxes in FIFA 18 contravene the country's gambling regulations, although ironically, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, the game that started the loot box uproar, was found to be in compliance with the law. The Netherlands has also warned that "enforcement action" could be taken against game publishers whose loot boxes violate regulations

Source: https://www.pcgamer.com/electronic-arts-will-push-forward-with-loot-boxes-in-future-games/

EA - not sure if stupid or just really overpowered...

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#2 Posted by deactivated-5b01abbec19e9 (104 posts) -

Kinda sucks. The worst part is that I know a lot of friends that'd probably whale on Fifa points every year, so this shit keeps happening. Too bad EA don't have any good games other than Battlefield at this point, and they'd have to earn a lot of trust to get me to buy a potential Skate 4

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#3 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43076 posts) -

I find it funny they have to "push forward" with loot boxes, that implies there is some sort of struggle. Almost like society, governments, and customers don't want them!?

And of course they'll say "people want them, they still buy our games after all!" but the fact is people would still buy Battlefront 2 even if it gave them the flu.

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#4 Posted by TryIt (13157 posts) -

Here is what EA said in regards to another financial manipulation in a different game.

'We innovate too much'

bad developers can not be forced into being good developers, people should decide if they want to play these games or not.

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#5 Posted by with_teeth26 (9276 posts) -
@tryit said:

Here is what EA said in regards to another financial manipulation in a different game.

'We innovate too much'

bad developers can not be forced into being good developers, people should decide if they want to play these games or not.

the problem with EA is that there are some good developers stuck under an asshat of a publisher

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#6 Posted by TryIt (13157 posts) -
@with_teeth26 said:
@tryit said:

Here is what EA said in regards to another financial manipulation in a different game.

'We innovate too much'

bad developers can not be forced into being good developers, people should decide if they want to play these games or not.

the problem with EA is that there are some good developers stuck under an asshat of a publisher

not sure if that is true or not but its possible

regardless of that, its hard to 'force' a bad company into being a good company.

it might be better to find better games, taking that route requires an open mind but they are out there

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#7 Posted by uninspiredcup (30807 posts) -

They still keep up the facade after all this time, like, they aren't scum.

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#8 Edited by urbangamez (3443 posts) -

now that supreme court, here in the u.s has ruled favorably in the gambling case, gambling and loot boxes are gonna be a part of gaming from now on. there is no way around it

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#9 Posted by FelipeInside (28548 posts) -
@PredatorRules said:

EA - not sure if stupid or just really overpowered...

Is it really EA's fault though when it's the GAMERS that keep using the loot boxes and micros transactions ?

If gamers stopped using them, then no company would implement them.

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#10 Posted by PredatorRules (12359 posts) -
@FelipeInside said:
@PredatorRules said:

EA - not sure if stupid or just really overpowered...

Is it really EA's fault though when it's the GAMERS that keep using the loot boxes and micros transactions ?

If gamers stopped using them, then no company would implement them.

It's not EA's fault but when it comes to gambling there is a minimum age restriction at least at my country (minimum age of 18), so you're actually breaking the law when you allow such thing to happen whether within your game or in some country, in other words if your game age restriction is 14 and above just before you enter that gambling option within that game you should inform the player about min age restriction and the user should "read" and approve. Just like when you start a game and you've got terms of use.

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#11 Posted by FelipeInside (28548 posts) -
@PredatorRules said:
@FelipeInside said:
@PredatorRules said:

EA - not sure if stupid or just really overpowered...

Is it really EA's fault though when it's the GAMERS that keep using the loot boxes and micros transactions ?

If gamers stopped using them, then no company would implement them.

just before you enter that gambling option within that game you should inform the player about min age restriction and the user should "read" and approve.

Well isn't all that in the terms and conditions of use ?

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#12 Posted by PredatorRules (12359 posts) -
@FelipeInside said:
@PredatorRules said:
@FelipeInside said:
@PredatorRules said:

EA - not sure if stupid or just really overpowered...

Is it really EA's fault though when it's the GAMERS that keep using the loot boxes and micros transactions ?

If gamers stopped using them, then no company would implement them.

just before you enter that gambling option within that game you should inform the player about min age restriction and the user should "read" and approve.

Well isn't all that in the terms and conditions of use ?

I don't think so, gambling in game and playing the actual game are two different things, it's not like you're playing Diablo and try your luck to get random item with better stats from in game currency that you can't buy.

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#13 Posted by Enragedhydra (1037 posts) -

Well I won't buy an EA games. Screw them. Other developers can have my cash.

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#15 Posted by Doerevolt (41 posts) -
@Enragedhydra said:

Well I won't buy an EA games. Screw them. Other developers can have my cash.

but if you are into sports game Good luck with that Maiden, Fifa etc. EA has a monopoly in Sports titles

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#16 Posted by Mandzilla (3349 posts) -

Well at least they're honest about it I guess.

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#17 Edited by lucidique (549 posts) -

@FelipeInside said:
@PredatorRules said:

EA - not sure if stupid or just really overpowered...

If gamers stopped using them, then no company would implement them.

I am perfectly fine with loot boxes, and micro transactions in general. It comes down to the content sold this way.

As long as it's just cosmetics, and not bits of actual game content, or game mechanics, such as new weapons, EA can do whatever it wants.

There is no denying that in order to support games in the scope they are developed today, the return in revenue must be bigger than before.

Developers and publishers just need to be smart about it.

Now if you really want to rally against a common enemy, let's talk about that new ''Multiple release dates depending on which edition you bough'' policy they have been implementing for a few years now.

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#18 Posted by attirex (1521 posts) -

Not sure what's more amazing--loot boxes or the necromancy skills displayed in this 8-month-old thread. /thumbsup

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#19 Posted by Johnny_Rock (40218 posts) -

@PredatorRules: Then I'm going to "push forward" with never buying another EA game again. And you all should follow suit. Because it's only when we hurt these companies in their wallet, will they actually change for the better.

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#20 Posted by Horgen (119435 posts) -

Necro.