Lootboxes OVER? New Laws Proposed!

Game News: Lootboxes OVER? New Laws Proposed!

After a long time of yammering about loot boxes and potential regulation, some Hawaii lawmakers are finally proposing some measures to crack down on them. Is this the end of loot boxes as we know it?! Well, don't get your hopes up.

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  • teagaaaaaaan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    laissez faire

    enough said

  • RiverRunning

    1 week ago

    I so hope that regulation to limit what sort of microtransactions can be used in games targetted at children and toddlers passes and spreads... you should try some of the toddler games around; they are already trying to get at my two year old and get her into doing microtransactions (all games she plays get vetted beforehand and the tablet she gets to use occasionally has no credit card details on it in case we missed something - which happens more than we'd like and she always finds it :(

  • MJB328 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blue Team RULES!!!!!!!!!

    1 week ago

    Really hope Hawaii succeeds at regulating lootboxes. I'm of the mind set of, the less government interference the better, but when companies and/or industries fail to regulate themselves then the government should step in to make them do it. MTX used to be prominent in free-to-play mobile games, which i always found acceptable because they were FREE-TO-PLAY, and thats how the devs made their money. Now MTX are starting to infect $60+ Triple-A games first as cosmetics, now slowly creeping towards gameplay performance affecting content in(battlefront2/EA, ya thats only one but more will follow suit if someone doesn't bring the hammer down hard on EA or the rest of the industry). The Industry has been slowly moving toward this P2W model in AAA games, and if someone doesn't make them stop the whole gaming ecosystem will become P2W one day.

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Be thoughtful and silly.

    1 week ago

    Yes. Because games rated M or AO are only played by adults. [/sarcasm]

    One issue is defining the value of the rewarded items. Many places refuse to think that digital content has any value ONLY when it comes to games - "virtual items" - a disparity from other digital media like movies and music. The physiological effect is still real as if the rewarded virtual items have real value - the same as gambling.


    Gambling itself is an optional activity, but it is controlled all the same. If a person is being rewarded by chance and not by skill alone, it toes that gambling line. When real money is wagered even optionally, it steps over that gambling line in my opinion.


    With other digital media, you are not wagering in the hopes of getting the movie that you want.


    There is the additional issue of what is part of the transaction. Does a subscription to a game include the RNG loot drops? If the game is FtP but has a premium subscription option, I would say no as the RNG loot is part of the free game, but if it's subscription only, there's an overlap in definitions. What about single-player games with RNG loot tables?


    It's a mess.

  • fericfirefeather FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    While I do not like how predatory and out of hand loot boxes have become, what makes a loot box any different from any trading card game pack functionally speaking? No one thinks Magic The Gathering or Pokemon card packs are gambling.  

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