Hassan quoted a UK gaming commission report from earlier this month, indicating that 31
percent of 11- to 16-year-olds have opened passports – the report did not indicate whether these children had bought them with money or earned them through gaming activity. However, the commission is not convinced that lotteries have a direct link to games.
Senator previously raised the issue of the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which agreed to add an “in-game purchases” label to physical copies of titles that include them and / or other microtransactions. Many big games offer loot boxes, including Fortnite, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and the Series FIFA .
Lootboxes have been reviewed in different jurisdictions over the last year or so. Belgium banned them, and Square Enix has removed three mobile games from the country as a result. The Netherlands has blocked box boxes in some games as well, while China and Japan have moved to regulate them. Meanwhile, some state legislators are watching with game regulators in Europe and the Australian Senate in practice.