Dutch and Belgian CS: GO players can no longer open lootboxes

Jul

12

2018

Valve has released an update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, as a result of which Dutch and Belgian players can no longer open lootboxes. This makes it impossible to trade the contents of the loot boxes. The marketplace is now accessible again.

Making it impossible to open lootboxes is not the only change that the recent update of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive entails for Dutch and Belgian players. It is now possible again to trade items through the marketplace. That means that players can sell their previously built inventory there.

Valve thus returns to an earlier decision. A few weeks ago, the company switched off the possibility for Dutch CS: GO players to trade in items from lootboxes . The same was true for Dota 2. Witnessing the latest game updates from Dota 2 , the previous elimination of the option to trade items in this game does not seem to have been reversed.

Valve proceeded to block trading in items from lootboxes on the basis of criticism from the Dutch Gaming Authority . That authority stated that the lootboxes are illegal because players can trade their contents. This trading was previously made impossible by blocking Steam Trading and the Steam Market. That goal is now achieved in another way, namely by preventing players from opening the containers.

With this Valve continues to comply with the requirements of the Dutch Gaming Authority. At the end of April, the Belgian Gaming Commission already ruled that lootboxes in CS: GO are in violation of Belgian law. The committee threatened with million penalties and high prison sentences if no adjustments were made.

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