The uncertainty that exists in Belgium regarding the laws that aim to keep under control the mechanics of chance in video games has forced Nintendo to close two of its mobile games. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Embem Heroes will close on August 27.
It has also been confirmed that future Nintendo games with similar financing models will not be put on sale in Belgium directly, so the country runs out of Nintendo’s future F2P for mobile.
The reason for what happened is that in Belgium these random mechanics involving loot boxes with random rewards have been declared as betting systems and are illegal in the country.
This is another victory for the laws that try to end this type of practices that bring illegal play to children and promote gambling through video games. A bill proposed in the United States proposes to do the same.