More Loot Box Controvesy
Posted on May 15th, 2018 at 12:05pm
Tradeable Items Contravene LawsIn the study, the Kansspelautoriteit noted that some items in loot boxes could also be traded outside of a video game, meaning that they could have monetary value. However, under the Betting and Gaming Act that regulates the sports betting and online casino market, the offering of games of chance and the distribution of items with market values are strictly outlawed without proper licensing. It is also crucial to note that there is currently no developed licensing system for the allowance of activities in the Netherlands that incorporate elements of chance. By default, this makes such games and their offending elements illegal.
Regulator To Take Action From JuneThe Kansspelautoriteit has also pointed out that 6 out of 10 loot boxes that were evaluated did not contravene local gaming laws, as they did not offer items that have monetary value. The regulator called on video game developers and suppliers to ensure that their loot box-containing games comply with Dutch laws, warning that it will take enforcement action against all violators from June 20, 2018 onwards. The KSA began its investigation into the loot box issue after the initial release of Star Wars: Battlefront II and the resulting wave of criticism that its offering of loot boxes resembled gambling. Many players felt that the game promoted gambling activities among children, teenagers, and other vulnerable players. Aside from the legality of loot crates, the regulator also investigated whether the boxes could pose risks of addiction. It concluded that all loot boxes studied ‘could be addictive’, although it did state that these boxes showed no indications of widespread use by problem gamblers or addicts. The KSA believes that loot boxes have a moderate to high risk addiction potential, which depends on the way in which they are offered and whether or not players are able to open unlimited crates. Source links: http://www.casinonewsdaily.com/2018/04/19/four-out-of-ten-loot-boxes-violate-dutch-gambling-law-local-regulator-finds/
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