Nintendo has announced that two of its mobile games will no longer be available in Belgium in compliance with their new ban on loot boxes in games. Beginning on August 27th, both Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will no longer be offered in Belgium. This results from both games allowing players to purchase packs that provide randomized assortments of items and/or characters.
Back in 2018, the Belgium Gambling Commission that the act of selling randomized in-game items for real-world currency as illegal. Because of this, Nintendo, along with other developers like Valve and Blizzard, have begun removing games that have loot box mechanics from storefronts in Belgium. The company has also stated that any future games that are similarly monetized will not be offered in the country.
According to Eurogamer, it is currently “unclear” as to why Nintendo has waited until now to remove its mobile games. They also stated that the Netherlands implemented similar loot box regulations, and yet Nintendo currently still offers both titles there.
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