ESRB Does Not Consider Loot Boxes to Be Gambling

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The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which classifies games in the USA and Canada, and the Interactive Software Federation of Europe through its Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system, have said that loot boxes do not constitute gambling because players are sure to get something in exchange for money. "While there's an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don't want)", an ESRB representative told Kotaku.

Because the player always received something, it was likened to buying collectible cards, where some packs will contain more valuable cards than others.

"ESRB does not consider loot boxes to be gambling".

What do you make of the situation?

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Concerns will still be there that loot boxes are synonymous with gambling. Husband to Matt and cat dad to Wally.

The upcoming game Star Wars Battlefront II and the recently released Middle-Earth: Shadow of War both feature loot box systems that offer players improvements on their weapons and abilities, meaning that loot boxes have a chance to give you something that gives you an advantage in the game.

More seasoned experts in the world of gambling suggest that loot boxes are, indeed, the same as gambling since the items you can obtain do have value outside the game, regardless of whether you can sell them for real money within the game or not. If you are truly against loot boxes in games, you are free to exercise your right to not buy a title with them.

Are loot boxes a form of gambling? Merriam-Webster Dictionary keeps the definition pretty broad: "To bet on an uncertain outcome".

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Games which are rated for teens and younger children often include an option to pay real money for the chance to win in-game items, and this very modern form of monetizing additional content is falling through a regulation gap in the U.S. and Europe.

Games that receive a Real Gambling bullet point have to meet this criteria: "Player can gamble, including betting or wagering real cash or currency".

For them, the concept of gambling implies the literal game of chance in which people might or might not get something in return for their money.

Well, it seems the video game industry can breathe easy for now. That's not quite the same as the guy who just funnelled his life savings into a slot machine.

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Skin gambling is not prohibited as a betting activity and loot boxes can be traded within video games.

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