Belgium gamers have discovered that the ability to purchase in-game currency has been removed from Guild Wars 2 in their country.
Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has not yet commented on the move, but it has been widely reported by those playing the game on forums. Belgian Guild Wars 2 players have been met with an error message when they attempt to use real money to purchase gems – the game’s in-game currency.
So far, Guild Wars 2’s in-game currency system only appears to have been disabled in Belgium. The move follows the Belgian Gaming Commission’s May 2018 decision to designate loot boxes as a form of gambling. Subsequently, Blizzard removed paid loot boxes from Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in the country, and Valve followed suit with Counter-Strike: GO.
Reports on forums and subreddits suggest that Belgian gamers have already been using VPNs to get around the Guild Wars 2 in-game currency removal, by spoofing the game into changing their location. But the move provides another example of how a backlash against paid-for loot boxes is gathering pace in Europe, and especially in Belgium, plus to a lesser extent Holland.
ArenaNet will surely make a statement about its decision at some point in the near future, so you might want to keep an eye on Guild Wars 2’s official website.