Loot boxes: Game developers agree to limit access in the UK

The UK gaming industry has announced efforts to limit children’s access to loot boxes.

Loot boxes let players to purchase in-game extras at random, but others are concerned about their link to problem gambling.

According to Ukie, the organization that represents game developers, the recommendations will “improve protections for all players.”

According to them, the 11 new standards “underscore the industry’s commitment to safe and responsible play.”

Loot boxes are a mechanism for players to pay real money to obtain digital stuff such as new characters, in-game clothing, weapons, moves, or experience points. The contents of each package are entirely random. Some liken them to purchasing a Kinder Egg or a pack of football stickers. Others compare it to playing a slot machine.

The UK government has spent three years deciding what to do about them, from threats to ban their usage for under-18s in the UK to an order last summer requiring game developers to develop new guidelines to protect children and young people.

Are they a stepping stone to gambling addiction? Or is it simply an entertaining mechanic that improves players’ gaming experiences?

Some countries, like as Belgium and the Netherlands, believe the former and have prohibited them.

Last July, then-culture secretary Nadine Dorries stated that “direct government intervention may risk unintended consequences” because evidence about loot boxes was still emerging.

She believes that before any new rules are enacted, the gaming sector should develop its own measures.

It took nearly a year for such steps to be agreed upon.

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