Continuing the UK’s general inquiry into the legality of loot boxes, Margot James stated that loot boxes are in no way gambling but do lead to gambling. Should we tell her?
Over the past few weeks, the UK has been following up on claims that loot boxes, every publisher’s favourite form of income, function as some form of gambling targeted at children. While
James contested “the assumption that loot boxes are gambling”, citing the cases of Belgium and Netherland’s conclusions that loot boxes
James believes that the UK should do nothing to improve their digital gambling laws to cover loot boxes and should instead wait for more grounded research to make a final and definitive claim. This comes after the World Health Organisation officially announced gaming addiction to be a real mental illness although James claims this evidence is not enough and needs to be evaluated further. A deep dive into James’ testimony can be found here.
Last Updated: July 4, 2019