The Dutch Gaming Authority (Ksa) classified the lootboxes in EA’s FIFA as an illegal online gambling game. The for the "Ultimate Team" players drawn from the lootboxes are not known in advance. Acquired players can also be sold to third parties for an in-game fee, the Ksa justified its classification and last year imposed a fine of 250.000 euros per week and a maximum fine of 5 million euros.
Fine of 500.000 euros – per week
The fine is, according to nu, against both the Swiss subsidiary of EA, which is responsible for the sale of FIFA, and the parent company and can therefore amount to 500.000 euros per week and a maximum of 10 million euros.
EA then filed a complaint with the court. According to the company, it is not a separate game of chance, as the lootboxes are inseparable from the game and the content only has a value within the game. The contents of the Lootboxes can also not be converted into money, EA stressed in the reasoning. Lootboxes in EA’s FIFA can be purchased via in-game currency or for real money in the game.