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Nintendo shutting down Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in Belgium

Published: 08:13, 22 May 2019
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Belgian government has been cracking down on loot boxes for a while now, and even though most cases were solved by companies removing premium loot-boxes, Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes will be shutting down.

We're talking about mobile games, of course, so you can already guess what's the main financing model for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes.

Both games will be run regularly until 27 August 2019, after which they won't be available to download or play. Additionally, Orbs and/or Leaf Tickets from their accounts will be usable until the service has ended. 

"Due to the current unclear situation in Belgium regarding certain in-game revenue models, we have decided to end the service for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes in Belgium", Nintendo Belgium tweeted.

Moreover, the company revealed these are the last games with this earnings model to launch in Belgium, although it's a bit unclear whether their plan is to ditch the model or the Belgian mobile games market.

Nintendo thanked all Belgian players of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes for their support, but we're not sure they'll be overly ecstatic over the decision.

After all, these games tend to entice many players into some serious investments, which are now gone just like that, without so much as a bonus to have a few reckless spending sprees before the service ends.

Belgium has been at the forefront of anti-loot box initiatives, having ensured the likes of 2K, EA, Valve and others do not introduce underage children to gambling.

EA tried to , insisting that declaring the odds of winning upfront rids them of the responsibility, but it almost resulted in criminal charges, so the company had to give in.

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The U.S. also revived their anti-loot box fight via Senator Josh Hawley, who to push through a bill that would ban loot boxes and pay-to-win mechanics in games peddled to minors, insisting that game devs should be held to same standards as the gambling industry

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