For nearly two weeks the ability to buy controversial loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been unavailable, greying out the issue of the game being pay-to-win. EA said the ability to spend money in the game would return at “a later date” but we haven’t heard anything since.
In that time the fallout caused by Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes has widened. The Belgian Gaming Commission waded in, as did Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee, who publicly denounced EA’s game as “a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money”. With the movie Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi fast approaching, the pressure is on.
But EA’s resolve remains resolute. Speaking at a Credit Suisse conference yesterday, chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said, “We’re not giving up on the notion of MTX [microtransactions].”
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