Rocket League disables Crate Keys in the Netherlands and Belgium

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The loot box saga continues as Rocket League (opens in new tab) developer Psyonix puts a stop to players using keys to open loot crates in Belgium and the Netherlands.

You'll find the announcement buried deep within yesterday's patch notes (opens in new tab), which also details the new Rocket Pass and Esports Shop (opens in new tab). When you do find it, the update gets straight to the point: "Players in Belgium can no longer open Crates with Keys due to government regulations." The same line is repeated for the Netherlands.

Rocket League is the latest to remove loot box functionality due to local government gambling regulations. Last year saw Blizzard remove loot boxes from two of its games (opens in new tab), while CS:GO (opens in new tab) and Guild Wars 2 (opens in new tab) also made changes in Belgium. More recently, EA pulled sales of in-game currency from FIFA (opens in new tab) back in January and Konami followed suit with PES 2019 (opens in new tab) a month later.

It's unclear whether Rocket League has implemented these changes as a precaution or whether they were contacted directly by the local gambling commissions.

Thanks, RPS (opens in new tab).

Sarah James
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Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.