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MPs call for ban on sale of addictive video game 'loot boxes' to children

Thursday 12 September 2019 | 11:37 CET | News

The UK Commons Select Committee has published a new report calling for video game 'loot boxes' to be regulated under gambling law and a ban on their sale to children.

The report on immersive and addictive technologies calls on games companies to accept responsibility for addictive gaming disorders, and to protect players from potential harms resulting from excessive spending and play-time. The MPs also want games companies to work with social media companies to introduce more effective age verification tools.

The report examines how the games companies operate across various social media platforms and other technologies, generating massive amounts of user data and employ business models that maximise player engagement. It expresses serious concern about the lack of effective systems to keep children off age-restricted games and platforms. 

In response, interactive entertainment trade group UKIE said it would review the recommendations and consult with the industry on how to further demonstrate their commitment to player safety. 



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