Loot boxes whose contents rely on chance don’t meet the UK’s criteria for unlawful gambling.
According to the UK Gambling Commission, since the prizes unlocked in loot boxes are usable only in the games in which they’re won, and can’t be cashed-out, they don’t fit the bill for “licensable gambling activity.”
While loot boxes, like those found in EA’s Battlefront II, Blizzard’s Overwatch, and more games, don’t fall under the umbrella of an illegal gambling operation, the commission still expressed concern over the practice in games.
The commission said while “the line between video gaming and gambling is becoming increasingly blurred,” its job is to step in when the practice meets the definition of gambling under UK law.
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