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Petition takes aim at lootboxes
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Petition takes aim at lootboxes
A new petition has surfaced recently designed to get the Electronic Software Rating Board (ESRB) to reclassify any game that allows purchase of in-game randomly generated "loot boxes" with realworld money to Adult Only. The petition claims that using real world money to buy in game lootboxes is gambling. (Taking a risky action, using money or valuables, under promise of reward.)

But why Adults Only? For several reasons...
- Lootboxes employ the same tactics used in casinos to encourage more money spent and more gambling.
- Companies are not permitted to allow gambling for those under 18. (Those under 18 can't gamble at casinos.)
- Games that are rated AO very often get pulled from store shelves or suffer in sales. (Many console makers refuse to allow AO rated games on their systems.)

The ESRB, in the past, has stated that lootboxes aren't gambling because there is always a reward (even if it's not the one a player wants).

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Now this hinges on the important distinction... Are lootboxes gambling? Do you agree with the petition or with the ESRB?
10-25-2017 06:26 PM
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RE: Petition takes aim at lootboxes
The petition may not be over but people are taking notice anyway. Recently Belgium and Hawaii have decided that lootboxes do indeed count as gambling and are pursuing the matter further.

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12-01-2017 04:47 PM
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