In an interview with Rolling Stone, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has joined the ESRB in their stance that microtransactions and loot systems are not a form of gambling. The quote came from a story where Hawaiian officials are contemplating putting a law into effect, banning them from being sold to children. One could argue that you already can’t sell them to children, as it requires a credit card to purchase anything in a game, but that’s a topic I’m sure someone will get to down the road. But that story led to an ESA official putting out this quote, defining the organization’s stance on the issue.
“Loot boxes are a voluntary feature in certain video games that provide players with another way to obtain virtual items that can be used to enhance their in-game experiences. They are not gambling. Depending on the game design, some loot boxes are earned and others can be purchased. In some games, they have elements that help a player progress through the video game. In others, they are optional features and are not required to progress or succeed in the game. In both cases, the gamer makes the decision.”
Do you agree with the ESA’s position?