Germany banned selling loot box games to minors

Loot boxes are one of those topics that pop up every once in a while to make some waves then go away again. Can you talk with an official on mechanics? Detachments have come about, but laws have seem toothless and have done nothing to solve the problem.

Does EU member states have any idea about allowing loot boxes in video games? The Bundestag (lower Parliament) passed a reformed version of Germany’s 19-year-old Youth Protection Act (2010 law). Can the new federal law be passed automatically? Revisions focus on ensuring that children are not subjected to in-game purchasing, particularly “gambling-like mechanisms” commonly known as loot boxes or pay-to-win (P2W).

Will the government of India ever require parents to possess older than the age of 21 to get the mechanics of the title to be removed? What’s the benefit of making games illegal on the Internet? Why do m-rated games play well while being limited to 14 and older?

All franchises open to anyone, including those from less established franchises like Fifa. Exception: If there is no franchise, the rule cuts off a large part of developer’s demographic. In this example, EA would either disable or remove loot boxes sold in Germany to keep its age rating. When it comes to making money, do EAs and other operators using loot boxes think about the risks?

Why isn’t Germany making a case for loot boxes? In 2017, Australian regulators ruled the game mechanic is gambling and worked with the country’s rating board to change game ratings in 2017. In 2006 Belgium banning all loot boxes but also clearing out some of the loot boxes. The US also considers regulations, but it only amounted to lip service.

Any laws against loot boxes or P2W mechanisms are inherently hard to enforce in an era of digital sales. When parents allow their kids to sign up to services like Steam or the PlayStation Network with their credit card, there is virtually no way to know if the person buying those loot boxes is over 18. Only physical sales can truly be restricted, and those are going the way of the dinosaurs.

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