Loot Boxes May Be A Threat To Children!
If you’re not a fan of loot boxes that can be attained through microtransactions (which you shouldn’t be anyway), the latest news regarding these money grabs will give you something fairly interesting to read in to.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States have started investing loot boxes with the concern that it could lead children into gambling. That’s right, gambling. Little Timothy from down the road may be up to more than you think when he’s buying those EA loot boxes for a pair of gun skins. A democrat from New Hamshire, being US Senator Maggie Hassan, has insisted on asking FTC Chairman Joe Simons during a Congressional committee meeting this week if he could investigate loot boxes.
“Yes” Simons replied to her question.
Hassan has said that video games’ loot boxes have a “close link to gambling.” she continued with, “Given the seriousness of this issue, I think it is in fact time for the FTC to investigate these mechanisms to ensure children are being adequately protected, and to educate parents about potential addiction or other negative impacts of these games”.
Microtransactions have ruined many glorified games, but most notably EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 that end up collapsing on itself once players realized that they had bought an essentially incomplete game that was locked behind little trinkets of pay walls known as loot boxes. Blizzard Entertainment’s popular game Overwatch also features loot boxes to continue to gain revenue.
This is a practice in today’s gaming world that either makes you happy to be able to get the items you want right away by paying directly out of pocket, or it makes you want to burn your copy of the game alongside your home to be as far away from it as possible. Loot boxes are going to be talked about for days and days to come, but as of now, they are being formally investigated in the terms of protecting children.
You can watch the full discussion at your own leisure below.