Thursday December 5, 2019

Boxing too clever? 'Loot boxes' spark concerns

‘Loot boxes’ are fast becoming online gaming’s largest revenue source. But studies indicate they trigger addictive behaviour in children and are gambling by another name

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

16th June, 2019
Child gamers: ‘gambling’ concerns are coming to the fore Picture: Getty

Would a Las Vegas-style slot machine which took real money to play, but only paid out chocolate bars, constitute gambling? That’s an analogy made about a development in online computer games which critics say are encouraging children to bet.

‘Loot boxes’ - which randomly reward players with a new weapon or other game improvement after a small payment - are the subject of international controversy.

The Belgian government has clamped down...

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