England Commissioner Wants Loot Boxes Considered Gambling

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This week the English Children's Commissioner is calling for the government in the country to tighten laws to consider video game loot boxes as gambling.

The call is meant to minimize gambling addiction among minors, as 93% of children in the UK play video games. This large number is exposed to loot boxes, wherein players buy crates to buy in-game content. This content isn't known ahead of purchase, and the odds of getting a high-end item is low. Some jurisdictions have considered loot boxes to be gambling, and the ECC wants the UK to follow suit, as there are reports of some children spending more than £300 a year on loot boxes.

Video game developers have fought the allegations over loot boxes for years, as they provide a vast amount of income. They claim that players end up with an actual product every time they buy the boxes, despite not knowing what they're getting. It looks like the debate over these boxes will be continuing for some time, as restrictions will likely be at some time down the road.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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25 October 2019 - 5:49pm

From what I remember we've had a discussion here before about that game...so what's your opinion people(especially those with kids) should that be considered gambling?