Konami stops PES 2019 in-game currency sales in Belgium

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Konami has announced that it's halting the sale of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (opens in new tab)'s in-game currency in Belgium.

The sale of myClub Coins will cease across all platforms once the 'necessary preparations are made.' Any previously purchased myClub Coins can be used as normal and the currency will continue to be rewarded for playing the game but players will no longer be able to purchase them with real money.

"We fully respect the BGC's interpretation of relevant laws and made the decision to implement local changes to "PES 2019" in Belgium," said Konami in its statement (opens in new tab).

Konami is the latest publisher to take action following the Belgian Gaming Commission's report referring to Loot Boxes in games as a form of gambling. CS:GO (opens in new tab) disabled loot boxes last summer and Blizzard pulled paid loot boxes from Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm (opens in new tab) shortly after. More recently, EA withdrew FIFA Points sales in Belgium (opens in new tab) at the end of last month.

It doesn't appear that any direct action was taken by the BGC against Konami at this point. However, last year's investigation into EA (opens in new tab)—which appears to have led to the recent removal of FIFA 19's currency sales—may have prompted the decision.

Sarah James
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