Loot boxes are classed as gambling in the UK

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  1. Ghosty

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    "The House of Lords Gambling Committee says video game loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws.

    The Lords say they should be classified as "games of chance" - which would bring them under the Gambling Act 2005.

    "If a product looks like gambling and feels like gambling, it should be regulated as gambling," their report says.

    And they warn that such a change should not wait.

    "The government must act immediately to bring loot boxes within the remit of gambling legislation and regulation," said a statement accompanying the report".

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-53253195
     
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    Very good news.
     
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    indeed!!!!
    very good indeed... :)
     
  4. Tat3

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    Good news, really hope that other countries will follow.
     
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    Indeed, its already classified as gambling in The Netherlands and Belgium for a while. its about time more countries join.
     
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    Excellent news.
     
  7. TheDeeGee

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    So that's a third country, and all developers will do is just disable the ability to buy lootboxes in country X.

    Games won't change unless the rest of the world joins.
     
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    Next they need to tackle the predatory tactics of mobile games and while at it, hit all these virtual currencies games use, stuff like "CoD points" etc. Just show me a straight up price in my local currency without trying to sell me some point bundles that leave me with excess points that I can't spend. Granted, the latest COD lets me earn a certain amount of these points which is an ok middle ground solution but I still don't like it.
     
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    here is hoping more of this will follow. good news.
     
  10. Ghosty

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    Mobile gaming is far worse in all honestly. But at least it starts to tackle the issue.
     
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    That's great news, especially since UK is quite a significant market. It really could potentially lead to more broad restriction on lootboxes or the publishers themselves might find it better to invest into something else instead.
     
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    giphy.gif EA right now....
     
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    Will we see sponsored loot boxes in the near future now that classification is gambling? Would you be happy to see that?
     
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    I'll be happy to see an 18 certificate on a fifa box that is for sure...
     
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    True. This is the reason why most people see mobile gaming as a bad joke.

     
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    Great news, side issue but they also said that gambling firms shouldn't be sponsoring football shirts, agree with this 100%, in fact there should not be any gambling advertising allowed in football IMO.
     
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    Fixed your comment :)
     
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    As much as I like the concept the thread is misleading

    The house of lords do not have the power to create laws, this is a suggestion to the lower house (parliament), to make it a law.
     
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    Knowing how the house of lords works and having worked with them in the past as part of there IT committee along with people from IBM and Openreach/BT I wouldn't hold by breath yet.
     
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    Parliament could give guidelines on what it expects companies to do. This might have an effect in changing the attitudes away from lootboxes. Hopefully completely.
     

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