Statement on the Dutch Council of State’s decision on the Electronic Arts – Gambling Authority (KSA) case

09/03/2022

Video Games Europe welcomes the decision made by the Dutch Court today in favour of Electronic Arts, which further clarifies that “loot boxes” are not gambling under Dutch law. The decision is in line with the view of the vast majority of gambling regulators across Europe who have already concluded that loot boxes where the use is confined within the game and the video game company does not enable the player to “cash-out are not gambling.

Video Games Europe and its members are committed to providing clear and transparent information to players and consumers if purchases can be made within the game, including purchases that offer random items, such as “loot boxes”. Importantly, all major video game platforms provide tools to parents and guardians to manage children’s spending within the video game, so that children do not engage in any financial transactions without their parents’ permission.

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Heidi Lambert, Video Games Europe Press
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