ArenaNet confirms Belgian Guild Wars 2 gem-purchasing blockade

Remember how players raised the alarm in Guild Wars 2 that Belgian players were being blocked from purchases in Guild Wars 2? Like most of you, we assumed it was a proactive attempt to comply with Belgian gambling laws, but the company hadn’t given players any sort of heads-up. When reached for comment, ArenaNet pointed us to its official statement made last night.

“In order to conform to changes in Belgian law, purchases of gems, the Ultimate Edition, and the Ultimate Edition upgrade have been disabled for residents of Belgium. We are continuing to investigate more flexible solutions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our players.”

It remains unclear why the company waited so long to alert Belgian players that they’d be affected by the changes. MMO players will recall that Belgium is one of the countries cracking down on lockboxes, threatening multiple AAA game studios with legal action if they do not comply with their gambling laws, including Valve and Blizzard, which made changes to their games to make lockboxes unbuyable in the affected regions. ArenaNet was not among the list of companies threatened.

Until those “more flexible solutions” arrive, Belgian players will want to take a look at the original Reddit threads for workarounds of their own, assuming they aren’t among the lucky folks claiming they are able to redeem their codes once again.

Source: Official site. With thanks to Miol for the awesome pic! :)

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