EA Taken to Court in Canada Over Loot Boxes

The question of whether loot boxes are gambling continues

EA is facing a legal challenge in Canada, with two customers recently filing a class action lawsuit against the company over its use of loot boxes.

According to the plaintiffs, loot boxes are considered a type of gambling under Canada’s Criminal code. The lawsuit cites ongoing loot box inquiries in the U.K. and U.S., along with enforcement of loot box regulation in Japan and South Korea.

The lawsuit covers anyone who has purchased loot boxes in any of EA’s games since 2008. Although this is a civil suit, it could pressure the Canadian government to pass new legislation.

This is not the first time EA has been taken to court over its use of loot boxes. In August, an EA customer filed a lawsuit against the company and alleged FIFA‘s Ultimate Team Packs amount to gambling. That lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages, which would be divided among over 100 members of the class action.


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