The Australian Senate are launching an enquiry into microtransaction loot boxes, investigating whether they constitute gambling and to what extent they “may be harmful”. While the enquiry won’t change any policy itself, it could inform future laws.
A number of politicians and bodies around the world have cocked an eyebrow at microtransaction virtuacrates of random digicrud in recent years, most notably after the loud backlash against Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes. Belgium’s Gaming Commission declared that some loot boxes are gambling and Hawaii’s state government were concerned, among others. (more…)