US Senator demands review of loot box policies, citing potential harm

Last November, Democrat representative for the state of Hawaii Chris Lee spoke up about loot boxes in video games, in which he described loot boxes like those in EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 as being an “online casino” designed to lure kids into spending more money than they should in addition to buying the game.Now it looks like Lee is finally doing something about it, and has proposed multiple bills that are meant to tackle the problem with loot boxes. One of those bills will prohibit the sale of games to anyone below the age of 21 in which it contains randomised loot boxes that require payment. Games would also be required to be labeled to show that they include microtransactions as well as showing the odds of the rewards, so that players are aware of their chances instead of spending blindly and hoping that they’ll win something.Speaking to the Hawaii Tribune Herald, Lee was quoted as telling the publication, “I grew up playing games my whole life. I’ve watched firsthand the evolution of the industry fro

Hawaii Proposes Legislation to Regulate Loot Boxes in Games

Lawmakers in Hawaii have introduced several bills designed to clamp down on the use of randomized loot crates in games, which are compared to gambling in the legislation. The post Hawaii Proposes ...

Wed 14 Feb 18 from Extremetech

Hawaii Proposes Bill To Ban Video Game Loot Boxes

Loot boxes are common occurrence these days in gaming, and an incredibly annoying one for many. Three months after Hawaiian representative Rep. Chris Lee invoked Stars Wars to declare that ...

Tue 13 Feb 18 from HotHardware

Hawaii legislators want to put age restrictions on loot crates

The video game industry is getting a wake up call over paid loot boxes. Last November, Belgium ruled that loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II could be classified as gambling. Last ...

Tue 13 Feb 18 from Engadget

No video game loot boxes for buyers under 21, says proposed Hawaii bills

Law would require warnings, odd disclosures, and retailer enforcement.

Tue 13 Feb 18 from Arstechnica

Germany Considering A Ban On Loot Boxes In Video Games

There is a bit of controversy surrounding the concept of loot boxes in video games. Loot boxes have been around for a while now, although in more recent times debate has arisen about the feature ...

Tue 6 Feb 18 from Ubergizmo

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