Given that UK researchers this year found a “relationship between problem gambling and the use of loot boxes” as well as determined that problem gambling among underage kids is on the rise, it’s no surprise at all that the government is aiming to do something about it.
As The Guardian reports, the House of Commons committee responsible for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) is poised to run an inquiry on the “immersive and addictive technologies,” which seems to include everything from addictive mechanics and gaming addiction to lockboxes/lootboxes and harmful gamification in general.
MOP readers in the US will recall that the FTC agreed, under pressure from senators, to commit to an investigation on the effects and impacts of lootboxes specifically. “Gaming disorder,” you’ll remember, also became a thing this year.
Here’s a quick look at our lootbox coverage so far this year: