It has been a year since the fury of Star Wars Battlefront 2's slope boxes began, and at that time…
It has been a year since the fury of Star Wars Battlefront 2’s slope boxes began, and at that time game regulators have begun to pay more attention to the controversial microtransactions. The latest government to engage is a big, as the United States Federal Trade Commission has stated that it will investigate robberies and how they affect children. Oh and the Australian Senate have something to say about the subject as well.
FTC president Joseph Simons confirmed yesterday a request from senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that the agency investigated video game play (via Polygon). During the hearing, Hassan pointed out that “lootboxes are now endemic in the video game industry and are present in everything from casual sms games to the newest high budget results,” and likely to “represent a $ 50 billion industry in the year 2022”.
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5 European state regulators), this appears to be the first time they will be investigated at federal level in the CIS. As an independent authority of the US government, the FTC is responsible for consumer protection, and both enforce and promote awareness of corporate governance rules. Judging by Hassan’s remarks, the investigation aims to further understand the risks of lootboxes and raise awareness by “educating parents about potential abuse and other negative consequences”. The FTC will report its findings back to Congress, and we will have to wait a little before we are heard back.
Earlier this year, Hassan also sent a letter to the ESRB (the agency responsible for rating games in America) and requests that the organization review its rating process for launchers. Hassan was also successful on this front, when the ESRB subsequently agreed to add warning labels to games containing ransom boxes. The lady knows how to get things done.
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On the other hand, the Australian Senate has finally completed its investigation of lotteries and recommended – further research. Its report states that it is still too early to propose specific provisions, but argues that more clarification by Australian government authorities is required to cover some legal loopholes. Specifically, this should be in the form of a review of the Australian Government’s Communications and Constitutional Department in connection with a number of regulatory bodies.
Although there is no solid than from the US and Australia, and both are still far from declaring unlawful loot boxes (like Belgium and the Netherlands), the messages show increased interest at government level to regulate passports. With so many regulatory bodies that are now interested, we are likely to hear fur development in the coming months.