Boxing too clever? 'Loot boxes' spark concerns

Boxing too clever? 'Loot boxes' spark concerns
Child gamers: ‘gambling’ concerns are coming to the fore Picture: Getty

‘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

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 on them, while...

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