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October 29, 2020

Netherlands Judge Rules €500K Fine Per Week To EA Until It Removes FIFA Loot Boxes

Netherlands Judge Rules €500K Fine Per Week To EA Until It Removes FIFA Loot Boxes

After a long legal battle between the Netherlands Gaming Authority and Electronic Arts, the judges in the court of Hague have given approval to fine the latter a sum of €500,000 per week till it stops selling loot boxes in their popular video game FIFA.

According to a report from Nu.nl, EA and its Swiss subsidiary responsible for the sale of FIFA will be fined €250,000 each, for a total of €500,000 per week.

In 2018, the Gaming Authority claimed that FIFA’s Ultimate Team Packs mechanic was in violation of the Gambling Act. A weekly fine of the said amount and up to a maximum of $10,000,000 was suggested by the body. This decision was later challenged by EA in court.

In their defence, FIFA claimed that their Ultimate Team packs could in no way be converted to real money and only had an in-game value associated with them. The argument was, however, dismissed by the court.

The concept of loot boxes in video games have been under scanner multiple times across several countries. In the past, many popular video games had to change their loot box mechanics to comply with the laws of certain countries.

For instance, in 2019, Valve’s first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had to introduce a new ‘X-ray scanner’ to their game after the title was under fire from France for its ‘case opening’ mechanic which seemed to promote online gambling.

Published at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:48:39 +0000

Rainbow Six Quarantine is delayed to 2021-22

Rainbow Six Quarantine launch has been delayed due to production challenges faced by the developers. The game which was rumoured to get launched around the summer of 2021 has potentially delayed to the latter half of the same year or entirely into 2022.

Rainbow Six Quarantine was the mystery game by Ubisoft next in line to continue the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise. Stating the reason for delay, Ubisoft mentioned the following in their Q2 revenue earning reports. “.

.Benefitting from this strong momentum and despite having moved Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine to 2021-22 to leverage their full potential in the context of production challenges caused by COVID-19, our new non-IFRS operating income targets for 2020-21 remain within the boundaries we set back in May..”

Rainbow Six Quarantine has been delayed alongside Far Cry 6. Two of the most awaited upcoming games have been delayed due to prevailing pandemic. This news will come as a shocker for respective fans waiting for the next game.

Published at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:26:00 +0000

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