ESRB Defeats Loot Boxes? Uh, Well...

Game News: ESRB Defeats Loot Boxes? Uh, Well...

The ESRB has seen all the impending legislation against lootboxes and microtransactions and they're taking action! Sort of... in the least helpful way possible.

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  • RiverRunning

    2 weeks ago

    Way to do nothing ESRB and also show just how much in the pocket of the industry you are... they are losing good will doing this and that is only going to hurt them in the long run.

    And, yes, their statement is simply a matter of a lack of research on loot boxes specifically and once that stuff arrives they are going to have to take their foot out of their mouth to eat their words (and will lose even more good faith - assuming they have any to begin with of course).

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I'm a Know Buddy!

    2 weeks ago

    ESRB doesn't seem to understand the difference between a guaranteed purchase (MTX) and a random-chance wager (lootbox). They appear to equate the two as the same thing. That worries me. It should be an obvious difference. They are either ignorant of the obvious - which means they shouldn't be rating games - or they are purposely ignoring the difference - which means they have an agenda that isn't considering the safety of the consumer.

    Nobody is asking for the government to step in and stop lootboxes. What people want is an easy way to identify when they are present so they can decide for themselves or their kids. Will this hurt sales? A little, but if the ESRB was putting consumer awareness ahead of company stocks, they would add an another notice when additional random-chance purchases can be made.

    Besides, XBox Store already notes when a game has in-game purchases. What the ESRB is proposing is what delivery platforms are already doing. Way to do absolutely nothing while pretending to do anything. The ESRB might as well be a government organization - or at least just another company owned by EA.

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