A new CS:GO update has blocked players in the Netherlands and Belgium from opening containers – the game’s version of loot boxes.
Valve’s change comes after both Dutch and Belgian authorities declared some in-game loot boxes were gambling and warned publishers to remove them from games or face the consequences.
Valve pulled item trading and Steam Marketplace features for both CS:GO and Dota 2 in the Netherlands. Item trading has now returned to CS:GO as of today’s update, although without the ability to open loot boxes.
Gambling is a difficult problem as can be seen with lotteries and scratch tickets etc. Some regulators see the same thing in games.
The only loot we ever find is guns from players we have killed. We play CS:GO along with the original occasionally along with a raft of other games.