Roblox Adopt Me Game Ends Netherlands Service Due To Loot Boxes

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Adopt me, a game made on the platform Roblox, had its service in the Netherlands and Belgium ended earlier in the week. Dreamcraft Developer announcement the shutdown was part of a larger effort by the Roblox Corporation to comply with nationwide efforts to limit loot boxes.

“As part of a Roblox-programme conducted to comply with laws in the Netherlands and Belgium, access to Adopt me from these countries was deactivated on September 13, 2022,” Dreamcraft wrote.

The Netherlands declared loot boxes illegal in 2018, due to the fact that loot boxes are often a game of chance and involve players spending real money to acquire random in-game items Earlier this summer Dutch politicians called for new regulations on the controversial mechanic.

Adopt me is a game inside Roblox where players can adopt pets, build and decorate a house, and interact with other players. It is one of the most popular games on Robloxwhich itself has already come under fire for exploiting young game developers through its business models.

While acknowledging that Adopt me will be changed to comply with local laws, Dreamcraft cautioned that players affected by these efforts may take time. “We don’t want to compromise the quality of the game. Please remain patient and keep an eye on our social media pages for potential updates on this.”

Dreamcraft is not the first studio to have its endgame service in the Netherlands, as Blizzard had the same problem with Diablo Immortal earlier this year. Even then, it didn’t seem to affect the mobile game much, as it had 20 million installs in over a month.

Earlier this year, researcher Leon Y. Xiao conducted a study that determined that Belgium’s anti-loot box measures were easy to circumvent and could negatively impact the region’s esports industry. Given the law’s ineffectiveness, Xiao said, a reassessment of loot boxes is advised.

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