Children’s commissioner calls on UK government to regulate loot boxes under the Gambling Act

October 22, 2019
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The children’s commissioner for England has called for tighter laws around gambling and gaming to protect children worried about how much time and money they’re spending in online games – and has called on the Government to regulate loot boxes as gambling.

A report published today, titled Gaming the System, researched the effects of gaming on young people. It found that, while there are a number of positives with online gaming (particularly highlighting the social aspect), there are some serious concerns around peer-pressure, time and money spent gaming online.

The children interviewed in the study (aged between 10 and 16) recognised some of the issues with their gaming habits, including a 16 year-old FIFA player who specifically said loot boxes were like gambling: “you could lose your money and not get anyone good, or get someone really good.”

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