A deputy will propose this law to prevent minors from buying loot boxes.
The war against loot boxes continues to boom throughout the world. More and more countries advocate regulating, or even prohibiting, these elements classified as “games of chance” By many, they are an integral part of the monetization of some games. In fact, the Government of Spain has already made clear its intentions to regulate loot boxes in our country, while in the Netherlands they have even condemned EA Sports for FIFA envelopes. Now, the one that you want to add to the restrictions it’s australia.
As the Daily Telegraph reports, shared by Kotaku Australia, MP Andrew Wilkie going to propose a new law in the Australian parliament to ban the sale of loot boxes to minors: if a game has loot boxes in Australia, it will be Only for over 18 years. This is based on the fact that loot boxes are viewed by many as a real money gamble, an activity that is limited to those of legal age in Australia and numerous other countries.
Children paying real money for a random event is a gambleAndrew Wilkie, Australian MPWilkie alleges that loot box games promote gambling among children, a fact that has already been demonstrated by some recent studies. “It is not clear if that is what the video game companies want, but it is clear that that’s the effect they have“He says.” Allowing very young children to pay real money for a random event that may or may not reward them, that fits any definition of what a bet is“. His new law does not only want to limit its use to games for +18 years.
Also look for introduce new specific notices when buying these games, as is already the case with the European PEGI system, and the North American ESRB. Wilkie will take his proposal to the lower house of the australian parliament mid august, and we will be attentive to its evolution due to the possibility of similar restrictions arising in other territories. On the fight against loot boxes, and after years of criticism around its Ultimate Team mode, FIFA 21 has begun to show the contents of the packs before buying them, to reduce that component of “bet” with real money.
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