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No video game loot boxes for buyers under 21, say proposed Hawaii bills

The Hawaii state legislature is now considering two sets of bills that would regulate games containing randomized in-game item purchases—commonly known as loot boxes—much like casino games, barring minors from purchase and requiring odds disclosures and public warnings.

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2/24/2018

article Can legislation fix gaming's loot box problem?
(USA) -- Last year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with...

2/21/2018

article Loot box controversy deepens on both sides of the Atlantic
(UK) -- The controversy surrounding loot boxes in video games is gathering pace, with a new survey in the UK showing that the majority of people believe that they count...

2/19/2018

article OP/ED: Should government regulate how much you can spend playing video games?
(Hawaii) -- Video games exist in an odd cultural blind spot. They are ever-present — on our phones, our computers, our tablets and in our living rooms. But they...
article Rainbow Six Siege Director Defends Lootboxes: “They Are the Giftshop After the Roller Coaster”
(UK) -- Lootboxes have gotten incredibly controversial of late, thanks to the random nature and gambling elements they embody, and because of egregious implementations...

2/18/2018

article Bills to Regulate Video Game Loot Boxes Introduced in Hawaii
(Hawaii) -- A pair of bills have been introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives (with twin bills in the Senate) that aim to regulate video games that employ loot...

2/17/2018

article In This New Game All You Do Is Open Loot Boxes
(USA) -- The loot box craze in online gaming has reached insane levels, so it seems only natural for a developer to make the ingenious decision to release a title that...

2/16/2018

article US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what...
article Legislative Fight Over Loot Boxes Heats Up with Pair of Hawaii State Bills
(Hawaii) -- Two new bills recently introduced to the Hawaiian State Legislature—HB2727 and HB2686—seek to regulate the usage of “a system of purchasing...
article US Senator Reaches Out To ESRB And FTC To Consider “Potential For Harm” In Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- The inclusion of loot boxes in video games have been at the center of controversy for some time now, with Star Wars Battlefront II being one of the...

2/14/2018

article Hawaii Proposes Legislation to Regulate Loot Boxes in Games
(Hawaii) -- Legislators in Hawaii were among the first to express concern over the use of loot boxes in video games when Star Wars Battlefront II was in the news. This...
article U.S. Senator Calls on ESRB to Review Ratings Process in Light of Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- A United States Senator is calling on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board to review the ratings process as it relates to loot boxes, examine...

2/13/2018

article Hawaii seeks to prohibit the sale of games with loot boxes to anyone under 21
(Hawaii) -- It's no secret that loot boxes are finally starting to get attention from governments. Belgium has already ruled that paying real money for randomized...
article New Bills Look To Regulate The Buying And Selling Of Games With Loot Boxes In Hawaii
(Hawaii) -- Four new bills recently introduces may change the way video games with loot box mechanics are bought and sold in Hawaii, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reports....
article No video game loot boxes for buyers under 21, say proposed Hawaii bills
(Hawaii) -- The Hawaii state legislature is now considering two sets of bills that would regulate games containing randomized in-game item purchases—commonly known...

2/12/2018

article Bills target video games with rewards for a price
(Hawaii) -- It might be game over for certain video games in Hawaii after state lawmakers introduced legislation to limit the implementation of electronic gambling...
article Hawaii introduces four new bills targeting the sale of loot boxes
(Hawaii) -- Hawaiian lawmakers are taking on the regulation of video game loot boxes. Four new bills have been introduced in the past month that target the sale of games...

2/8/2018

article Sweden Could Identify Loot Boxes As Gambling
(Sweden) -- The Swedish Government is investigating the use of loot boxes because they are seen as a form of gambling. Sweden is the latest country to join the anti loot...

2/6/2018

article German Youth Protection Commission Mulls Loot Boxes Ban
(Germany) -- The German Youth Protection Commission may introduce a ban on the so-called loot boxes, following the recent publication of a study into the nature of the...

1/28/2018

article Washington state to determine if loot boxes are gambling
(Washington) -- The legality of the loot box is being questioned again, this time in Washington state. As you might recall, back in October the Entertainment Software...

1/25/2018

article Washington State Senator Introduces Bill for Loot Box Regulation
(Washington) -- As the debate surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions as a form of gambling targeted at children continues, a new bill proposed in Washington is...
article Washington State Senator Introduces Bill to Investigate if Video Game Loot Boxes are Gambling
(Washington) -- A Washington state senator has joined states like Hawaii and nations like Belgium by introducing a bill that could investigate and regulate loot boxes...

1/23/2018

article Are video-game loot boxes a form of gambling that targets children? Washington aims to find out
(Washington) -- Some say they look, sound and act like a casino game. But are loot boxes — a video game feature requiring real money for the chance at in-game...

1/12/2018

article Washington Legislature Rolls Out New Bill Aimed at Loot Boxes
(Washington) -- The legislators in the state of Washington have demonstrated certain interest in video games’ loot boxes and more specifically, to make it clear...

1/11/2018

article A new foe vows to take down loot crate greed
(Internet) -- Last year, video game makers inserted exploitative loot crate mechanisms into several high-profile products, a practice that has been compared to gambling...

12/29/2017

article Bethesda Founder: Loot Boxes May Backfire, But Players May Pay More For AAA Games
(USA) -- Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver, who was part of the team before even The Elder Scrolls: Arena launched in 1994, has weighed in on the loot box controversy...

12/28/2017

article Video games are unlocking child gambling. This has to be reined in
(UK) -- n a tale of gambling addiction posted to Reddit shortly before Christmas, the numbers were as shocking as they were unsurprising. First the anonymous addict...

12/27/2017

article Gambling Commission Shares Views On Loot Boxes In Games
(UK) -- Recently a two-day conference hosted by independent gambling charity Gamble Aware took place and loot boxes became a buzz topic in the debate. To further address...

12/23/2017

article Apple wants game apps with loot boxes to list winning odds
(Singapore) -- Tech giant Apple has forced developers of apps with chance-based features to publish how likely users will receive prizes. This followed changes to its...

12/21/2017

article Apple now requires app developers to disclose loot box odds
(California) -- Apple quietly updated its rules for developers yesterday with a new version of its App Store Review Guidelines, and it now requires that developers...
article Apple: Developers Must Disclose Odds Of Getting Legendaries In Loot Boxes
(California) -- Randomized loot boxes might not be going anywhere in 2018, but they'll at least be getting a little more transparency, at least on iOS. A big new...
article How Battlefront II Controversy Changed the Future of Games
(USA) -- Gamers anxiously awaited Star Wars Battlefront II. What they found disappointed many of them. Amid other questionable choices from other devs, EA and Dice face...

12/19/2017

article How the legal battle around loot boxes will change video games forever
(Worldwide) -- Just a few weeks ago, Belgium’s Gambling Committee took up the most controversial gaming question of the season: are loot boxes gambling? Yes, they...

12/18/2017

article How your kids are being turned into gambling addicts by video game “loot boxes”
(Australia) -- IF YOUR children play games on phones (whose don’t!?) or you’re thinking of buying your kid the latest video game this Christmas, read this...

12/16/2017

article Another regulator says loot boxes are not gambling
(New Zealand) -- Loot boxes are not a form of gambling, says a New Zealand government regulator. The latest government statement on the practice aligns with the...
article Meet the legislator trying to do something about video game loot boxes
(Hawaii) -- It’s been a rough holiday season for video game loot boxes. The increasingly common in-game microtransactions (usually just a few dollars each) offer a...
article RIFT’s $100 Loot Box Removed Following Massive Backlash
(The Internet) -- Trion Worlds ran into a miniature kerfuffle when the company tried adding a premium $100 loot box to RIFT that would give players one of the many...

12/12/2017

article 25,000 children as young as 11 are addicted to gambling
(UK) -- Children as young as 11 are being coaxed into gambling addictions through video game 'skin betting' websites, the UK Gambling Commission has warned. The...
article New Zealand says lootboxes 'do not meet the legal definition for gambling'
(New Zealand) -- Responding to an email query, New Zealand’s gambling regulator--the Gambling Compliance office of its Department of Internal Affairs--told...

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