Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes have turned into slow-burning successes for Nintendo since their releases. However, these games are far from invincible. As a response to the recent crackdown on microtransactions and lootboxes in Belgium, Nintendo has decided to end support in the area for two of its popular mobile games: Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The company has also stated that future games with similar revenue models will not be released in Belgium.
Nintendo’s translated statement follows below, and can be found in Dutch here:
Due to the current unclear situation in Belgium regarding certain in-game revenue models, we have decided to end the service for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes in Belgium. It will therefore no longer be possible to play and download the games from Tuesday 27 August 2019.
Players who still have Orbs and / or Leaf Tickets in their account can continue to use them until the service ends.
In addition, future Nintendo games with similar earnings models will no longer be released in Belgium.
We would like to thank all players in Belgium for playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes.
While some developers selling games in the region have opted to only remove microtransactions from offending games, Nintendo is going all the way here and cutting off support entirely. What exactly spurred such an extreme measure is unclear, and it remains to be seen whether or not this will continue across the industry as legal pushback against lootboxes and microtransactions gains momentum.