UK Goverment and Loot Boxes.

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UK Goverment and Loot Boxes.

Postby Lee » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:02 am

So it seems there was a petition and it passed the amount needed to be responded by the UK Goverment about the situation with loot crates and gambling in games now. ... -pcgamertw

Loot boxes have come up rather a lot during the last few weeks, playing various roles in the likes of Shadow of War and Battlefront 2 to a pretty heated response. This has prompted a lot of conversation about whether they count as a form of gambling—now, the UK government will be forced to respond to a petition that asks for gambling laws to adapt around games with "mechanics which are essentially gambling", as highlighted by Eurogamer. In addition, Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner has submitted two questions to Karen Bradley, the UK's Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport on the same subject.

The petition, raised by Connor Rhys Deeley, specifically calls out loot boxes, and has over 11,000 signatures so far. 10,000 were needed to guarantee a response by the government. Here is the petition in full: "Many video game companies in recent years have introduced mechanics which are essentially gambling of which are targeted at children and vulnerable adults. While not currently considers gambling by law they do copy many traits to make them as addictive and can lead to real money being lost/earned."

"Gambling in video games mostly involves 'loot boxes' where players use virtual currency (often bought with real money) to earn in game items often worth less than what they paid (sometimes more) hence its gambling.
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Re: UK Goverment and Loot Boxes.

Postby Mantis » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:02 pm

Government says 'Meh'. ... 06/106043/

Didn't expect any less, given that they don't give a rats ass about bookies opening up shops all over town centres to get around the FOBT limit placed on each premises, and those things are even more sinister.

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