European Commission Set To Introduce New Rules for Loot Boxes in Video Games

In a new report released today by the European Parliament, it has been revealed than an overwhelming vote in favor of the European Commission introducing new laws that offer greater protection for gamers with in-game purchases, such as loot boxes, has been set in action. This has been introduced after studies discussed the impact of gaming on mental health. “This is something that can particularly affect younger gamers”, according to rapporteur Adriana Maldonado López who led the vote.

With 577 votes in favour, 56 against and 15 abstentions, the report has detailed 16 recommendations including specific rules that make the content of video games clear and explicit to customers. It also mentions rules to give parents that give them a good overview and control over what games their children are playing, as well as information about any in-game purchases they are making. MEPs wish for clearer information and to use The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system as an example. The report adds that 38 countries currently use this system.

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From Overwatch to Star Wars Battlefront 2, loot boxes caused a worldwide discussion on legislation and gaming.

The report also calls for game developers to “prioritise data protection, gender balance and the safety of players, and should not discriminate against people with disabilities,” as well as stressing how cancelling game subscriptions should be as easy as starting them. Return and refund policies should also comply to EU law, as well as putting an end to illegal practices allowing “gamers to exchange, sell or bet on in-game sites.”

Gold farming was also mentioned in the report, as it can be linked to financial crime and human rights abuses. Loot boxes have had a lot of criticism in the past for encouraging gambling, such as the Netherlands banning loot boxes with a fine for those who do not comply for example. Many other countries in the EU have since followed suit. Despite the problems the report highlights, it also mentioned “the value and potential of the video games sector and wants to support its further development” and ended with a proposal for an annual European online video game award.

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