If the holiday 2017 video game season is remembered for anything, it’ll probably be microtransactions and loot boxes. Battlefront 2 has been in the news recently due to its nickel and diming anyone who buys the game, even though future DLC will be free. Then you had Shadow of War with its single-player microtransactions making some waves a few months back.
Needless to say, people have started to scrutinize the practices.
The UK gambling commission recently released a statement on the matter. The short of it is this: Loot boxes can’t really be considered gambling, as many other organizations have also concluded, but that doesn’t mean they’re right. In 2016, the commission said that loot boxes were “a potential risk to children and young people as part of a wider review on our concerns around video games and gambling themes.”
So loot boxes have been on a lot of people’s radar for some time now, and if they continue to become more exploitative, then regulations will surely end up being put into place, but that’s an article for another time.