Loot Crate Regulations Introduced in Hawaii
It seems that State lawmakers in Hawaii have followed through with their promise in regards to the loot boxes system in video games. Hawaii has introduced four bills that would regulate the sale of video games that feature the system in their gameplay.
Two of the bills ensure that any games that feature the system cannot be sold to consumers under the age of 21 years old, this is done because the new legislation defines the loot boxes as a randomized in game reward that can bought with real money – thus a form of gambling.
The next two bills ensure that video game publishers must label any games with the loot box system present with their games, and must also disclose the likely hood of receiving each item in their system.
This decision follows the controversy around the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box system. When the game launched, and the backlash on the game reached epic heights, law makers in the U.K. and New Zealand examined the game thoroughly and ultimately decided that said loot crates didn’t actually constitute gambling. It seems like Hawaii views it differently, and likely other countries do as well.
Loot crates have become a big feature in a host of games as of late, from Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Battlefront 2, and Overwatch. It remains a system that brings about endless frustration for gamer, and deep satisfaction upon getting the item you so desperately want. Electronic Arts had very little to say in November about the legislative movements that were started by their game, stating that loot boxes were merely “a voluntary feature in certain video games,” and “they are not gambling.”As a gamer myself, I tend to find the loot box system super annoying. I can understand earning in game credits to win an item, but to randomly gain an item due to luck is beyond frustrating. That said, I don’t know if I would characterize the system as gambling myself – but let us know your opinion down below.
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