Loot box crackdown forces Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games out of Belgium

Video game publisher Square Enix has pulled a trio of titles from Belgium after the European nation passed legislation cracking down on loot boxes earlier this year.

According to a report from The Guardian, Square Enix has pulled three free-to-play mobile games from the country: Mobius Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts Union X, and Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia. In a statement given to the paper, Square Enix cited “the present uncertain legal status of ‘loot boxes’ under Belgian law” as reason for their removal.

In April this year following a parliamentary investigation, Belgium’s government declared that some uses of loot boxes — a game mechanic where random rewards are purchased using real or in-game currency — constituted a “game of…

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