Ultimate Team card packs in the Federation Internationale de Football Association games haven't been adjusted to comply with Belgium's laws, and so EA is reportedly under criminal investigation. EA, meanwhile, doesn't feel it is in violation of the existing anti-gambling laws, because loot boxes, in its opinion, do not constitute gambling. The randomized card packs in Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's Ultimate Team mode are still available, and they'll be present in Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, which launches at the end of this month.
"For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting".
This still doesn't fly with the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC), as it has now filed a case against EA with the Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office.
Based upon previous statements from EA executives, like CEO Andrew Wilson's back in May, EA might be readying for a legal battle over loot boxes rather than giving in without a fight (for this lucrative income stream).
Since Belgium's Gaming Commission handed down a ruling that randomised loot boxes in games were illegal gambling the accused publishers have taken varying tacks in dealing with the situation.
A member of the commission, Peter Naessens, however, is not convinced, and will proceed to meet EA before a formal court hearing. As EuroGamer reminds us, Wilson asserted that EA's games were "developed and implemented ethically and lawfully around the world" and that it did not agree that its games could "be considered as any form of gambling." .