CORRECTION: I attributed an ESA quote to the ESRB. It’s basically the same pit of vipers, but be aware the statement came from a different set of letters.
The FTC has stated it will investigate loot boxes at the request of Senator Maggie Hassan. This follows regulation of loot boxes in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Japan, as well as troubling reports on the dangers of loot boxes from gambling commissions around the world.
In Australia, the government may also start looking at loot boxes. The ESRB continues to defend them as “enhancements” to videogame experiences, and it’s quite clear the “AAA” game industry has no intention of regulating itself, even in the face of possible outside intervention.
Oh well. They made their bed.
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