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https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-11-28-loot-boxes-to-be-investigated-by-us-federal-trade-commission

It's been just over a year since the furore over Star Wars Battlefront 2's loot boxes began, and in that time, gambling regulators have started paying more attention to the controversial microtransactions. The latest government to get involved is a big'un, as the United States Federal Trade Commission has indicated it will investigate loot boxes and how they impact children. Oh - and the Australian Senate has something to say on the topic too.

EA, Activi$ion, Take Two, Ubisoft, etc. are on suicide watch.

Something NEEDS to be done about this. It IS gambling no matter what kind of BS puritanical spin greedy game publishers and the ESA/ESRB (whom they back) want to throw at us. 



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Here's hoping that they are found to be a form of gambling. Only 1 country's government has found them to be gambling so far after multiple governments have done investigations. Would be a huge blow to lootboxes if they were found to be gambling in the US.



If that were to happen, their financial forecast wouldn't look so happy sunshine anymore xD



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Yep following in Belgium’s footsteps.



This is good. But be ready for the end of 59.99 dollar games.



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If these were to be ruled illegal someday on a grand scale, I wonder what gaming companies will have to do/change to make up for all that lost revenue?



Dulfite said:
If these were to be ruled illegal someday on a grand scale, I wonder what gaming companies will have to do/change to make up for all that lost revenue?

Just doing standard microtransactions most likely. The problem with lootboxes is their randomized nature. Game companies should be selling skins and such directly to the consumer as DLC, instead of making them buy a dozen lootboxes in the hopes of getting they skin they wanted on a 5% chance. 



DroidKnight said:
This is good. But be ready for the end of 59.99 dollar games.

Aren't things already moving into that direction anyway? AAA third party games seem to commonly have at least three editions at launch now, so it should only be a matter of time until the edition in the middle becomes standard, the low one becomes barebones and the high one obviously remains premium as it has always been perceived.



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DroidKnight said:
This is good. But be ready for the end of 59.99 dollar games.

If you seriously think companies like EA, Activi$ion, Take Two, Ubisoft, etc. would stop selling DLC, MTXs, season passes, etc. if they raised game prices, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell to you.

Hell, lots of games already come with SEs and they still try to milk you for more. 



Remember when Belgium moved to tackle loot boxes and the were a few people here saying it's not going to matter because the publishers will still have loot boxes else where? Now here we are with not only this but also in Australia the Government has been recommended to look into loot boxes and in the UK a report has suggested a correlation to loot boxes and the rise of child gambling with a government recommendation for regulation of them.