The British government organized a meeting with representatives of several gambling companies to solve the problem of selling loot boxes in games. The main problem with loot boxes is the need to pay for them upfront without knowing anything about the digital goods inside. According to authorities, this contributes to the involvement of minors in gambling.
To protect minors from harmful effects, the government proposed that industry representatives organize self-regulation themselves – otherwise the authorities would be forced to include the necessary restrictions in the legislation.
Although the gaming industry claims there is little evidence of loot box gambling addiction, authorities seem quite determined.
According to a government spokesman “People need to be able to enjoy video games safely, and we’re studying the impact of loot boxes to assess the problems they can create or lead to gambling addiction.”