In a new development, the Dutch Kansspelautoriteit, an independent administrative body tasked with protecting consumers against gambling addiction in the Netherlands has issued two notices to Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 developer; Valve, stating that the 'loot boxes'
in the steam marketplace is in violation of the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act.
In the statement issued by Valve, they've hired a Dutch legal counsel so as to learn more about the Dutch law and further examine the Study into loot boxes published by the Kansspelautoriteit.
A simple excerpt has been shared from the letters issued to Valve that can be read below:
Loot boxes contravene the law if the in-game goods from the loot boxes are transferable. Loot boxes do not contravene the law if the in-game goods from the loot boxes are not transferable.
Until an apt legal resolution is not found, Valve has decided to disable trading and steam marketplace transfers for CS:GO and Dota 2 items for Dutch customers.
What is a loot box?
A loot box is a consumable virtual item which can be redeemed to receive a randomised selection of further virtual items, ranging from simple customization options for a player's avatar or character, to game-changing equipment such as weapons and armor. A loot box is typically a form of monetisation, with players either buying the boxes directly or receiving the boxes during play and later buying "keys" with which to redeem them.
A player confirming on the trade being disabled:
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