Many months ago, EA sparked a worldwide crackdown on microtransactions, in particular loot boxes. Countries like Belgium classified the pay-to-win mechanics in Star Wars Battlefront II as gambling and banned them. Loot boxes can be found in numerous titles and usually cost real currency. They include randomized items so players have to keep on buying…
Many months ago, EA sparked a worldwide crackdown on microtransactions, in particular loot boxes. Countries like Belgium classified the pay-to-win mechanics inStar Wars Battlefront IIas gambling and banned them. Loot boxes can be found in numerous titles and usually cost real currency. They include randomized items so players have to keep on buying them to unlock the items they want.
According to a report byPolygon, the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has agreed to investigate loot boxes, following an official request by Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Hassan said, “Loot boxes are now endemic in the video game industry and are present in everything from casual smartphone games to the newest, high-budget releases.” While the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) claims that they don’t harm anyone, children are more susceptible to getting addicted due to their slots-like nature.
Polygon reached out to the ESA and the organization said, “Loot boxes are one way that players can enhance the experience that video games offer. Contrary to assertions, loot boxes are not gambling. They have no real-world value, players always receive something that enhances their experience, and they are entirely optional to purchase. They can enhance the experience… but have no impact on those who do not.”
However, just because loot boxes have no “real-world value,” it doesn’t mean that they don’t cost “real-world” currency. It’ll be interesting to see how the FTC rules because we’ve come across many children who have become addicted to buying them, and have even spent thousands of dollars as a result.
Keep an eye onWindowsCentral.com/Gamingfor all the latest in Xbox and Windows 10 gaming, accessories, news, and reviews!
more recommended stories
Watch Live: Punxsutawney Phil gives his Groundhog Day prediction – NBC News
Streamed live on Feb 2, 2019As.
More Apex Legends Details Revealed, Cross-Play Potential Discussed
The first season is scheduled to.
Captain Marvel won’t be nearly as long as Avengers: Endgame – CNET
Who's the captain now? If you.
Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton – WJLA
Dolly Parton accepts her award at.
Titanfall Battle Royale ‘Apex Legends’ Is Real, Free, Out Now
Titanfall Battle Royale ‘Apex Legends’ Is.
Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards Sets Categories, Timeline
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA).
Mandy Moore Details Ex Ryan Adams’ ‘Destructive’ Behavior In New Report | TODAY – TODAY
Published on Feb 14, 2019Mandy Moore,.
Celebrity Big Brother winner Tamar Braxton tells all – Entertainment Weekly News
She may not be able to.
The New York Post: The future that was 2019 in ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Running Man’ is now our present (kind of)
Welcome to the future. Two classic.
Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ wins Grammy for Album of the Year – 4029tv
Kacey Musgraves’ 'Golden Hour' wins Grammy.