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According to a Reddit post from u/DavesenDave, Heroes of the Storm’s next patch is set to remove real-life money gambling from the game.
The patch notes for the game simply state that “Loot chests are no longer available for Gem purchase”. Gems are Heroes of the Storm’s premium in-game currency which can only be bought with real-life money.
u/DavesenDave says that the loot chests (also previously known as Booty Coffers) will only be acquirable via playing. You can level up heroes, complete event quests, partake in brawls, or exchange the in-game currency Gold in order to acquire chests.
Players can only acquire Gold by playing the game and cannot exchange real-life money for the currency. All this means that, essentially, loot chests will now only be attainable through hard work and not through gambling.
Gems can still be used to buy heroes, cosmetics, and boosts, the latter of which increases gold and experienced earned by playing. However, these purchases are optional, and people will be able to play all of Heroes of the Storm without spending any real-life money.
Heroes of the Storm is an online multiplayer hero brawler. Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, the game is available on Windows and macOS. At first, players must choose their heroes from a constantly rotating list, but they can also purchase permanent access to a hero.