The Gaming Authority (Ksa) may
impose a fine of 250,000 euros per week on
maker Electronic Arts (EA) and its European subsidiary, the court of The Hague decided on Thursday.
In the football game
, so-called loot boxes are offered, digital purchases of which the content is not known in advance.
In the case of
, it concerns packages with footballers for the game mode Ultimate Team, where you do not know in advance which players you will get.
The Ksa considers this an illegal form of online gambling, also because the players can be resold to third parties on sites outside the game.
That is why the authority decided last year to impose a penalty payment of 250,000 euros per week with a maximum of 5 million euros.
The amount of the fine increased as long as loot boxes were offered.
The fine applies to both EA's Swiss subsidiary, which is responsible for the sale of
, and its parent company.
Electronic Arts then went to court.
According to the company, there is no separate game of chance, because the loot boxes are inextricably linked to the football game itself.
The company also emphasizes that the content of the loot boxes only has value within the game and cannot be converted into money.
The judge dismissed the EA's objections on Thursday.
If the company wants to avoid the fine, it will have to disable the loot boxes within three weeks.