Topic-icon U.K Gambling Commission Recognizes Loot Box Risks, Keeps Them Under Review

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Kazara created the topic: U.K Gambling Commission Recognizes Loot Box Risks, Keeps Them Under Review
....Under review = waiting for payoffs/bribes from game developers.

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Well, WCCF Tech picked up the response from Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where the statements from the Under-Secretary were posted on the official U.K., Parliament website. Crouch repeated what the U.K., Gambling Commission had originally stated back in March, but then added on to those statements by saying…

“The Gambling Commission have a range of regulatory powers to take action where illegal gambling is taking place. Earlier this year the Gambling Commission successfully prosecuted the operators of a website providing illegal gambling facilities for in-game items which was accessible to children – the first regulator in the world to bring such an action.

“The government recognise the risks that come from increasing convergence between gambling and computer games. The Gambling Commission is keeping this matter under review and will continue to monitor developments in the market.”

While that’s not terribly reassuring that the U.K., Parliament will do anything against loot boxes, nor does it inspire confidence that the Gambling Commission will step in, but if they really are monitoring the situation then I’m sure they’ll likely be back in action when Star Wars: Battlefront II launches this November, which takes the loot box mechanic to a whole new level, and the game is aimed at teenagers, which could end up bringing rise to the discussions of loot box gambling once more.

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