Hawaii State Rep. Introduces Loot Box Bills

Loot boxes getting managed, maybe

By Grayshadow, Posted 14 Feb 2018

Since EA went too far with Star Wars Battlefront II's loot box system the world has taken notice of the predatory system and steps have been taken for their regulation. Democrative State Representative for Hawaii Chris Lee has been one of the leading figures against loot boxes and submitted 2 bills to the United States House and Senate.

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The first pair of bills, House Bill 2686 and Senate Bill 3024, proposes a ban on the sale of games with loot boxes to anyone under the age of 21. This would prohibit retailers from selling games that feature a system that offers random rewards.

The second pair of bills, House Bill 2727 and Senate Bill 3025, would force developers and publishers to disclose loot box odds and would have to feature a warning that reads “Warning: contains in-game purchases and gambling-like mechanisms which may be harmful or addictive.”

The proposed bill would break into new grounds, forcing publishers to rethink whether introducing loot boxes into their games is prudent. Considering the massive profit companies such as Activision and Ubisoft have gained from microtransactions along, most of them linked to loot boxes, this could change the field entirely.

Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hawaii.go 
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