Do ‘loot boxes’ encourage gambling, gaming addiction?

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) is encouraging regulation of “loot boxes” – purchasable surprise prizes in videogames – on the grounds that they can encourage gambling and gaming addiction, especially in children.

Hassan questioned four nominees to the Federal Trade Commission about the issue, and all four said that loot boxes deserved regulatory attention.

Hassan also wrote to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, asking it to reconsider its position that loot boxes are not gambling and therefore do not merit a more adult rating.

A bill was recently introduced in the Hawaii legislature that would require clear labeling of loot-box games, and restrict their sale to people over 21.

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