Loot boxes are gambling? Online petition forces UK government to respond
A petition, calling for gambling laws to include video games, has passed 10,000 signatures, the requirement for an official response from the UK government.
The petition seems to be focused on children, and the idea that they are essentially gambling. The petition reads, “Many video game companies in recent years have introduced mechanics which are essentially gambling of which are targeted at children and vulnerable adults. While not currently considers gambling by law they do copy many traits to make them as addictive and can lead to real money being lost/earned.”
I guess so. Never ever as a kid did I buy a booster pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards, or multiple boxes of cereal to get a particular toy.
The petition continues, using China as a comparison metric (not a good one). It reads, “Gambling in video games mostly involves ‘loot boxes’ where players use virtual currency (often bought with real money) to earn in-game items often worth less than what they paid (sometimes more) hence it’s gambling.
Currently, only China has introduced new laws to force companies to display the odds of winning which had been standard in the UK gambling industry for years.”
In that previous quote, I took some editorial liberty to fix the capitalization of “China” and “UK”, so consider the source.