Belgium has very strict legislation on all things gambling. As a result, certain games with loot boxes also fall under this legislation and are not officially available in our country. One of the games that is banned in Belgium because of its loot boxes is Mario Kart Tour. However, that may soon change with a crucial update to the game.
Other games that are not available in Belgium due to this legislation are for example Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel and Pokémon Masters EX. Overwatch also uses gacha loot boxes, but has been able to find a workaround. The game is available in Belgium, but you cannot buy in-game credits to exchange for loot boxes. You can only open the loot boxes with credits that you earn by playing the game.
No more gacha loot boxes
Mario Kart Tour currently still uses the so-called “gacha loot boxes”. Simply explained, these loot boxes are the only way to get the most important items you need to play a game. In the case of Mario Kart Tour, this includes parts to upgrade your kart.
Nintendo has announced that it will remove these loot boxes from the game on October 4, 2022 (opens in new tab). As a replacement, there will be a shop that will let you know which items you are buying. You still have the option to spend real money in the game, but the gambling element is no longer there.
Finally, we do not know whether the game will be available in Belgium immediately after the update. All games are assessed by the Gaming Commission before they are put on the market. It’s the first time a game has removed its gacha loot boxes due to an update, so we don’t know how long it will take the Gaming Commission to make a new verdict and how much time it will take Google/Apple after that to make the app available in the Play /AppStore.