Microtransactions are often criticized by a significant number of gamers and despite that we still see them in video games. Blizzard Entertainment has announced, however, that it will remove overwatch-microtransactions, but only in Belgium.
Players in Belgium can only buy outer boxes with the in-game currency, because the microtransactions of Overwatch will soon be removed for Belgium.
The decision to remove Overwatch microtransactions for Belgium stems from the decision of the Belgian Gaming Commission that has found outer boxes as a form of gambling, regardless of the form in which they are located.
According to the spokesman of Overwatch, while they disagree with the verdict, but they will abide by it and will remove the microtransactions from Overwatch.
Although we were surprised at this conclusion by Blizzard and do not share the same opinion, we decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian legislation.
As a result, we have no choice but to take measures that prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players in Belgium from buying outside boxes and looting boxes with real money and gems.
However, Blizzard Entertainment has only announced that it will remove Overwatch microtransactions and has noted that it will soon implement the changes and will further discuss the matter with the Belgian Gaming Commission to resolve the problem.
These measures will soon be implemented. We are also open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and the Ministry of Justice on this subject.
Belgium and the Netherlands are currently the only two countries that see outer box as a form of gambling.
Blizzard is not the only developer who removes microtransactions from his game, because earlier this year Monolith Productions completely removed microtransactions from Shadow Of War.
According to the studio, the decision was made to remove Microtransactions from Shadow Of War after the realization that microtransactions have jeopardized the core promise of the game of the Nemesis system.
Overwatch is a first-person multiplayer shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.