Valve makes Counter-Strike's loot boxes more transparent in France. There, players have recently been using an “X-ray scanner” before using a key display, which is contained in the weapons boxes. But the new transparency has a catch.
The scanner is automatically put into inventory for every user in France. Its use is not offered as an option, but made a commitment before a box has been scanned, it can not be opened. Valve then partially releases the content.
No pressure, a lot of pressure
Partly because the item does not have to be removed, but the scanner can only be used again after purchasing the scanned box. If an attempt is made to scan another box, a message appears instead of the scan window. Although Valve no longer sells unknown skins, he has no choice but to either buy an unwanted skin or never buy another skin. This circumstance, which the patch notes only vaguely describe, shows a video from the YouTube channel “Anomaly“In picture and sound. In addition, prey boxes in France can no longer be sold.
Totally different is Psyonix. In Rocket League instead of loot boxes from December randomly selected items offered for sale, a penalty for refusing the offer, however, there is not. The comparison makes clear what Valve really wants to do: The company tries to avoid gambling laws by removing a criterion, in this case the unknown of the win, without giving up the actually criticized mechanism of action of the boxes. In Belgium and the Netherlands, Valve had already taken the boxes out of the game in order not to have to comply with the requirements of the laws of gambling in the country.
Needed by impending regulations
The company is trying to avoid potential regulation of Lootboxes. This threatens increasingly, because while loot crates in the fewest states can be considered under the laws of the law as gambling, authorities have long since become aware of the system. In the United Kingdom, the government's Digital, Culture and Media Committee recommended that action be taken in clear terms. The scanner can therefore be considered as a field trial for finding a new slippery hole and the mood in France and subsequently also Europe.