Electronic Arts is the target of a class action lawsuit filed in Canada over the use of loot boxes in its games. The lawsuit, available in full from The Patch Notes, describes loot boxes as “a game of chance inside a videogame,” which the defendants claim constitutes a form of unlawful gambling.
“Gaming is strictly controlled and licensed in this country. In breach of these laws, the defendants have operated an unlicensed, illegal gaming system through their loot boxes,” the lawsuit states. “Through this suit, Canadian consumers seek to hold the defendants accountable for this unlawful conduct, and to recover their losses.”
The suit has been filed on behalf of two plaintiffs, one in British Columbia and the other in Ontario, who have previously purchased loot boxes in EA’s Madden NFL and NHL series. It covers a much wider variety of games released between 2008 and the certification of the