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U.S bill to ban loot boxes, your thoughts?
The bill is called The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act
Kinda insane that you have to spend $400 for 1 outfit piece with gacha with abysmal probabilities. Countries such as Netherlands, China, Belgium, Australia, UK, and South Korea have already passed similar bills, some requiring you to be 18+ to purchase gambling packs and outright banning loot box purchases with real money. This is EA and Activision's worst nightmare, your thoughts?
In 2018, https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/10/south-korea-fines-game-studios-over-loot-boxes/
"The uproar over in-game loot boxes is leading to some real financial penalties -- in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission has fined Nexon
, Netmarble and NextFloor a total of 1 billion won (about $945,200) for allegedly deceptive loot box promotions. The regulator asserted that each of the studios either hid poor odds for obtaining in-game items with the purchases, or else advertised odds that were out of step with reality. Nexon
didn't reveal that the chances of obtaining some in-game items in Sudden Attack (a popular first-person shooter) was just 0.5 percent, for example, while Netmarble's Monster Taming pitched odds of 1 percent for a key creature when the actual chance of winning was as low as 0.0005 percent."
"The problem, of course, is that this can lead to some gamers spending inordinate amounts of money to get items that are far more elusive than they seem. In one case, the Commission noted that a Sudden Attack player spent about $430."
- Should loot boxes be removed?27 votes
Yes (they ruin the game) 70% (19 votes)
No (no one is being forced) 30% (8 votes)