It has been a little over a year since the furore of Star Wars Battlefront 2's lureboxes began, and in that time game regulators have begun to pay more attention to the controversial microtransactions. The last government to be involved is a big one, as the US Federal Trade Commission has indicated that it will investigate ticket booths and how they affect children. Oh – and the Australian senate has something to say about the subject too.
FTC Chairman Joseph Simons yesterday confirmed a request from Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that the agency investigated soldering boxes in video games (via Polygon). During the hearing, Hassan pointed out that "lootboxes are now endemic in the video game industry and are present in everything from casual smartphone games to the latest high budget releases," and will probably "represent a $ 50 billion industry in the year 2022."
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Earlier this year, Hassan also sent a letter to the ESRB (the agency responsible for rating games in America) and requests that the organization assess its assessment process for soldering boxes. Hassan was also successful on this page when the ESRB agreed later to add warning labels to games containing ticket boxes. The lady certainly knows how to get things done.
On the other The Australian Senate has finally completed its investigation of soldering boxes and recommended – well, further research. The report says it is still too early to propose specific provisions, but argues that there is a need for greater clarification by the Australian government's supervisory authorities to cover any legal loopholes. In particular, this should be in the form of a review of the Australian Government's Communications and Art Department together with a number of regulatory agencies.
Although there is no solid yet from the United States and Australia, and both are still far from declaring accidents for accidents (such as Belgium and the Netherlands), announcements show increased interest in the government's regulation of bulk boxes. With so many regulatory bodies that are interested in it, we will probably hear these developments in the months to come.