The debate over “if Loot Boxes are gambling or not” has reached the British parliament and they will soon look into the matter and this was possible because of a British MP who has asked the government to regulate the loot boxes more strictly.
According to the Reddit post by user Artfunkel in r/games Daniel Zeichner, a British Labour Party politician and a Member of Parliament for Cambridge has asked two questions to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport regarding the regulation of loot boxes in the game and if it is gambling or not.
The first question he asked the secretary was
“To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the Isle of Man’s enhanced protections against illegal and in-game gambling and loot boxes; and what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on adopting such protections in the UK.”
The second question was
“To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she plans to take to help protect vulnerable adults and children from illegal gambling, in-game gambling and loot boxes within computer games.”
Both the question was filed on the same day 6 October 2017 and as it is a government procedure we may have to wait quite a while to get a proper answer to the issue.
Also, this isn’t the only cases of loot boxes being raised by in UK parliament currently there is a petition running which was launched by Connor Rhys Deeley. the petition has managed to get over 10,000 signatures which means the government must now respond to the issue.
Now as it has already completed the goal of 10,000 a new goal of 100,000 signatures has started and if it manages to reach that goal the parliament will have to consider it as a topic of debate.
Last week ESRB said that it cannot classify loot boxes as gambling and since then PEGI and UKIE have also denied to classify loot boxes as gambling. so it would be interesting to see what UK government think about the issue and their decision could lead to some severe changes in the whole gaming industry.