Blizzard to end Overwatch loot box sales after August 30

Several years after generating controversy, Blizzard is finally putting an end to loot boxes in Overwatch.

Loot Boxes and Overwatch. Can you name a more divisive duo?

We're pretty sure Blizzard has other money-making schemes on its mind for Overwatch 2, but we're hoping they're not worse than the Loot Boxes were for Overwatch.

The mechanic has been in Overwatch ever since the game first came out in 2016 and it's had its fair share of not-so-positive reactions. Make no mistake, Overwatch wasn't the first game to use the Loot Boxes. However, the team-based hero shooter helped popularize this feature.

In turn, Overwatch became a lightning rod for controversial takes. Specifically, a common and very valid criticism was that Loot Boxes were synonymous with gambling. Obviously, this didn't sit well with governments and regulatory bodies, which had a field day putting a stop to the use of Loot Boxes in Overwatch as well as the other games that have taken, and continue to take, queues from Blizzard. But, while the authorities never could quite get these companies to stop, it appears that some of them have begun to see the light.

Case in point, Overwatch 2 will not have Loot Boxes. Furthermore, Blizzard is putting an end to Loot Boxes in Overwatch.

Here's what Blizzard had to say in its recent announcement:

Earn and purchase Anniversary Loot Boxes throughout the event! Each Loot Box has a chance to contain items from past Anniversary and seasonal events; don't wait too long to snag those skins you've been eyeing for the past year, though - Loot Boxes will no longer be available for sale after the end of the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event on August 30. However, you will still be able to earn standard loot boxes after the end of the event.

It will be interesting to see how Overwatch players will fare being forced to switch to Overwatch 2 come October.

So, Blizzard is "technically" not ending Loot Boxes in Overwatch. Apparently, there are still ways to earn them. However, as far as buying a Loot Box goes, that's a thing of the past. Also, in case you still have an unopened Loot Box weeks before Overwatch 2 comes out, Blizzard confirms that they "will open automatically."

Speaking of Overwatch 2, Blizzard just asked players to see if they're all willing to pay for $45 skins in the game ahead of the game's initial launch on October 4 as a free-to-play title.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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