Some advice for you Disney, cut off ties with Electronic Arts right now. Do it before the law suits and nationwide bans start going crazy, because after today, EA’s house of cards are going to begin falling apart. As of recently, the state of Hawaii have declared Loot Crates in Battlefront 2 (by law) a form of illegal gambling targeted at minors, and are demanding for the regulation or removal of the games from store shelves. Belgium, Sweden, and Australia are still investigating on the matter, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll officially consider them gambling.
This is another major victory for gamers demanding for the removal of micro-transactions from full priced $60 games. Since EA made that shady response to one of the criticisms of their game, all hell has broken loose. With this recent event, almost every single company involved in Loot Boxes have gone completely radio silent. Companies such as Blizzard, Sledgehammer, and Activision. After Battlefront 2, investigations are being made on other AAA titles such as Overwatch, Call of Duty WW2, Need for Speed, Shadow of War, etc.
This is a step in the right direction for the Gaming Industry. However, we’ve got to keep pushing and demanding for the removal of greedy practices in our games. When we pay full price for a game, we should expect to have bought the full game. Not have bought half the game with the rest locked behind pay-walls. This is not how gaming should be, and we should work towards changing that. This could be the beginning of the end for bad gambling mechanics in gaming, but have to keep fighting.
Hawaii’s Response to Battlefront 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_akwfRuL4os