It became known that Blizzard will soon completely disable all game purchases in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm for Belgium players in accordance with local legislation. Representatives of Blizzard reported that as early as April 2018, the Belgian commission published a report stating that loot boxes are equated to gambling in accordance with local legislation. Although the development company does not share the same opinion, it still decided to follow the interpretation of the Belgian legislation.
“We have no choice but to take measures that will prevent the players from Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, who are in Belgium, from buying in-game boxes and chests with various prey and precious stones,” Blizzard employees commented on the situation. Representatives of the company noted that “the measures will be taken in the near future,” but they are still open to discuss this topic with the Belgian Commission and the Ministry of Justice of Belgium.