Belgian Guild Wars 2 players are seemingly unable to purchase the game’s premium currency, Gems. According to forum posts and Reddit, players can no longer enter Belgian addresses as part of billing options. The issue appears to have first started on September 19th when players attempting to buy Gems found an error message even when using a VPN.
It is likely that this problem for Belgian players is a bug, but it is a curious, and very sudden, occurence as it is an issue only with Belgium, the country that has been cracking down hard on loot boxes and other forms of what its government has determined is “gambling” in online games.
I’d say the reason is underage gambling laws recently introduced in belgium. You can buy gems with real money, convert those gems into gold, then use that gold to ecto gamble until it’s all gone/you’ve become rich. Either that or black lion chests.
Gems are purchased in order to buy items from the Gem Store or to traded to other players via the marketplace for in-game gold.
No statement has been made by the Guild Wars 2 team, though it could happen later today once they are made aware of the situation. In the meantime, head to the links above to learn more.
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