A UK-based gambling watchdog has found that loot boxes in FIFA and other video games do not constitute gambling, at least under current laws. Loot boxes in games have come under international scrutiny in the past few years due to concerns from both players and governments over whether they should be classified as gambling.
Members of Parliament in the UK have recently been leading an inquiry into "addictive technologies," especially video games and the way their publishers implement loot boxes. Many people inside and outside the video game industry believe that loot boxes are a predatory practice and can become a gateway to gambling addiction for younger players. Just last year, Belgium and the Netherlands became the first to ban loot boxes after determining that loot boxes qualify as gambling, and are therefore illegal in their territories.