Loot boxes in games like Fortnite are gambling and should be regulated

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    Loot boxes in games like Fortnite are gambling and should be regulated

    Virtual winnings in video games don’t count as betting in the UK. Regulators must recognise that children are being exposed to gambling

     

    By Rebecca Cassidy

    Piñata-style loot boxes in the video game Fortnite

    Piñata-style loot boxes in the video game Fortnite

    Epic Games

    Epic Games, the creator of global hit video game Fortnite, announced last week that players would be able to see what is in loot boxes before they buy them. This follows growing criticism that loot boxes – virtual in-game purchases that contain random virtual prizes – amount to gambling. Are the criticisms right?

    Psychologists agree that loot boxes share the structural features of gambling: real money can be exchanged for a reward that is apparently determined by chance. Loot boxes also produce the same results as gambling: …

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