A report has been published by The House of Lords recommending that the UK Government should reclassify the loot boxes as gambling.
The House of Lords Select Community speaks on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry. They say that the government should act soon on this topic. The report argues that the loot boxes are a “game of chance”. This clearly means that it lies under the Gambling Act of 2005. They advise that the Gambling Commission should act on this.
The UK government has assured previously that they will focus on the issue of loot boxes. The loot boxes in the report say that the situation requires more urgent attention. They recommend the ministers to make regulations under section 6 (6) of the Gaming Act 2005 specifying that the loot boxes and other similar games are game game chance, without waiting for the wider review of the government of the Gambling Act.
The House of Lords – The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee made a report. The report came out in September last year. It recommends that the UK Government should regulate the loot boxes under the Gambling Act.
The Ukie CEO Dr. Jo Twist says that a huge number of people in the UK play video games in many forms. The concern should be taken seriously.
If the UK government succeeds to classify the loot box under the Gambling class, then it is not going to be the first country to take that step. The Children’s Commissioner and NHS chief say that the loot boxes are setting the kids up for addiction. We will have to wait and see whether the UK government agrees with the recommendation or not.