Senator Josh Hawley announced that he plans to introduce a bill that would ban loot boxes in video games, specifically those that are played by minors.
“When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction and when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”
Hawley gave Candy Crush as an example of such acts, it’s popularity attracts a lot of minors even though the game is free, players are still able to purchase in-game bundles.
Games that are played by adults and children such as Overwatch, FIFA and Apex Legends can be in danger as they still have not pulled back and still continue to make money off of randomized microtransactions.
A statement was introduced shortly afterwards by the Entertainment Software Association: “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling. We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands. Parents already have the ability to limit or prohibit in-game purchases with easy to use parental controls.”