UK Government seeking evidence from players & parents on loot boxes in video games

The UK Government has put out a name to avid gamers and parents to submit their experiences alongside information from games corporations to help in their ongoing investigations to higher perceive loot boxes and their influence in video games.

The announcement on the UK Government’s website (noticed by Eurogamer) says that they are searching for “the experiences of players and their parents or guardians as well as rigorous, high quality data and research from video games companies, academia, civil society as well as any other organisations with an interest in this issue.”

Once they’ve this analysis in hand, the federal government says the outcomes will assist them get a “clearer understanding of the size of the loot box and in-game purchases market in the UK, how it operates, and the impact of current protections such as parental controls and consumer regulations.” In addition, the federal government is alleged to undertake “further research into the wider impact of video games on behaviour.”

Depending on the outcomes, the UK Government are stated to “stand ready to take action should the outcomes of the call for evidence support taking a new approach to ensure users, and particularly young people, are better protected,” and in addition state that “Loot boxes will be considered alongside a review of the Gambling Act,” —a transfer that was advisable by the House of Lords again in July.

The name comes in the wake of the problems highlighted by the 84-page report by the Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee into Immersive and Addictive Technologies that recommended that loot boxes confirmed “a lack of honesty and transparency” final 12 months.

Interested events prepared to present their ideas are being requested to share their evidence and experiences on the official UK Government website, with a deadline of 11:59pm (UK time) on November 22, 2020. 

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