To be clear I am not trying to advocate that the game should or should not be banned I am just stating what I believe is highly likely to happen and I am aware some people spend a lot of money on this game. I therefore believe people should be aware of this before they spend a lot more.
I may have mentioned before I make money from online gambling and take this seriously. I have therefore been following the UKGC (UK Gambling Commission) in the news because there is a major overhaul of the UK gambling act.
The UKGC recently stated they are going after loot boxes and loot boxes look highly likely to be classed as gambling. So far they have identified several areas to target
- they want to cut out underage gambling This means empires and puzzles would likely have to do age verification checks on all UK Customers
- They want to eliminate problem gambling and protect vulnerable people from gambling. Affordability checks is a big thing being pushed. This means empires and puzzles are likely to have to do affordability checks on UK customers which may mean credit checks and asking for bank statements etc.
- Fairness is a pivotal thing they are pushing in gambling, without trying to get political here, many may feel that the constant nerfing and buffing of heroes breaks this principle.
Effectively empires and puzzles would either need to drastically overhaul their game mechanics and business practices for the UK or they would risk been banned in the UK.
I cannot see them making special changes to the UK only since this may provide UK players with an advantage or disadvantage, plus it is a lot of admin to take on to do age verification checks and affordability checks.
The issue with the UKGC and news at the moment is many things are vague and its not clear exactly what will happen but big things are coming and based on everything I have been following I believe there is a very high chance the game will not be available to the UK in the future.