A lot of recent talk within the gaming community has centered around loot boxes. Nearly every major AAA game launched this fall has loot boxes in them. Due to their random nature, some wonder if these pieces of DLC qualify as a form of gambling. Last month, North America’s ESRB stated that it doesn’t believe purchasing loot boxes is a form of gambling. Foreign counterparts PEGI and Ukie agree with this assessment. This belief hasn’t been universally adopted, however, as the Belgian Gaming Commission is now investigating whether games like Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II should qualify as gambling because of loot boxes.As posted by VTM News (Google translated by PC Gamer), Gaming Commission director Peter Naessens says loot boxes are “dependent on chance.” In order to improve one’s character, users have to acquire certain equipment and need to level up. All of this takes time. They can accelerate things by purchasing loot boxes containing new equipment. The issue is they don’t know exactly what they’re getting in each box. It might be a new useful piece of armor or it could be a gun they already own. Given this random nature, the Gaming Commission feels this matter needs further investigation.If both games are classified as gambling, VTM News says it could cost Blizzard and EA “hundreds of thousands of euros.” It’s even possible the games will be taken off store shelves. As PC Gamer notes, this ruling will no doubt have repercussions in other countries. Regulators, perhaps even the ESRB, could possibly change their stance and take similar measures. It’s possible this could even affect things outside of gaming.This is certainly a thorny issue within gaming. While the inclusion of loot boxes in games certainly feels like a cheap way of taking money from folks, they are purely optional. I’ve personally played and enjoyed games like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Need for Speed: Payback without purchasing a single loot box. At the same time, seeing how games like Star Wars: Battlefront II require years and thousands of dollars to unlock everything tells me things are getting out of hand. We’ll keep you posted on further developments. Don’t Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes, Ban ThemWill This U.S. Senator’s Bill Finally Kill Video Game Loot Boxes? Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.