Thursday, October 12, 2017

The ESRB Says Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the  ratings lord for video games, has declared that it doesn't see loot boxes as gambling. In a statement sent to Kotaku, an ESRB spokesperson said:
While there's an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don't want). We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you'll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you've had your eye on for a while. But other times you'll end up with a pack of cards you already have.  
The organization's distinction is important because games with the content tag of Real Gambling automatically receive an Adults Only (AO) rating, which can cause a game to tank at retail stores.

The topic of loot boxes has resurfaced recently with titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Forza Motorsport 7, Overwatch, Destiny 2, Star Wars: Battlefront II and more using them in various ways to tempt gamers with microtransactions. Thoughts ?

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