Hawaii’s Chris Lee: Prohibit Sale of Video Games Having Loot Boxes To Those Under 21 Years Of Age
The Lawyer Chris Lee returns to talk about microtransactions, comparing the in-app purchases with real money to gambling. With a video posted on YouTube, Lee defends his arguments, speaking of a “predatory” system designed largely to encourage users to invest real money for the loot boxes.
Lee points out that his intention is not to eliminate microtransactions but rather to push the bodies responsible for regulating the sector, to ensure that developers do not incorporate in-app purchasing systems with random rewards, a factor comparable to gambling, according to his words.
Precisely for this reason, the games with paid microtransactions for random loot boxes should be banned to those under 21 years of age. You can check this template offered by him to viewers for contacting their representatives. In it, he has clearly mentioned the following:
1. Ensure that games employing loot boxes or similar variable reward mechanisms which can be purchased receive a 21 years of age and older “Adults Only” rating to warn consumers before they purchase or download a new game.
2. Consider prohibiting the sale of games employing loot boxes or similar variable reward mechanisms which can be purchased to those under 21 years of age.
3. Expand the mission of regulatory oversight bodies such as gaming commissions—which already oversee slot machines—to encompass loot boxes or similar variable reward mechanisms which can be purchased in video games.
4. Require the clear disclosure of the odds of winning items in loot boxes or similar variable reward mechanisms which can be purchased on screen at the time of purchase.
5. Enable regulators to audit the game mechanics of loot boxes or similar variable reward mechanisms which can be purchased to ensure consumers are treated fairly.
Thus, the lawyer invites players to make themselves heard, writing to the gambling organizations of their respective countries, so as to stir up consciences and convince those who should not ignore the problem.
What do you think of these statements? Do you agree with the words of the Lawyer Chris Lee?