Valve Disables CS:GO Lootboxes in Belgium & Netherlands

Following Valve’s decision to disable trading in the Netherlands due to that country’s legal statutes regarding gambling, the company is now taking other steps to comply with the country’s Dutch Gaming Authority. Players in the Netherlands and Belgium “will be restricted from opening containers” following this week’s patch, according to the patch notes. This will prevent players in those countries from even opening the lootboxes. As the “Miscellaneous” section of the patch notes reads:

  • Updated Steam and CS:GO account restrictions for users in Netherlands and Belgium:
  • Steam Trading and Steam Market features are now re-enabled for Steam accounts in Netherlands.
  • Customers in Netherlands and Belgium will be restricted from opening containers.

Of course, with restrictions for lootbox exploration for these players, Valve has to enable market trading again, as a way for these players to be able to sell their accumulated marketplace items, but especially the additional lootboxes they’ll earn from playing – and not be able to open. It remains to be seen whether this will be the final solution for the lootbox problem in these countries, and if any others will follow suit. There’s also the question of whether these players are even playing the same game as others around the world – they now have very limited access to some fundamental features of the game. Sources: Counter Strike Blog, va PCGamesN