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Games industry must self-regulate on loot boxes, says state representative

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 3 years ago In contrast to publisher executives, politicians do not get nitpicky about the definition of gambling. They get to the core of what can be portrayed as the problem and then take the route of doing what they do in the interest of protecting the children or some other higher cause.That is the important thing to note for the industry. Saddam did not need to have weapons of mass destruction and loot boxes do not need to be gambling by the letter of the law. Games industry must self-regulate on loot boxes, says state representativeSean Quinlan: Legislation would be a “slippery slope”Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterFriday 1st December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe games industry must self-regulate on loot boxes, says Hawaii state representative Sean Quinlan. At a recent press conference, Quinlan voiced his concerns surrounding the potential dangers represented by loot boxes in games, drawing comparison to ’80s and ’90s cigarette mascot Joe Camel.In an interview with Glixel, Quinlan said the games industry must take responsibility for how it handles loot boxes and microtransactions. “The fear when you introduce government legislation into private enterprise is that we are going to overreach,” he cautioned. “That is my fear. Ultimately, it’s best for the industry to self-police.”Quinlan added that legislation would be a “slippery slope”, but suggested that the ESRB could introduce protections for younger audiences. “We’ve been on this path for 15 years with day-one DLC, subscription passes, pay-to-win,” said Quinlan. “We as consumers kept accepting that, kept buying those games. Now we’re at a place where we need to consider, do we need to legislate? Does the ESRB have to consider a new rating that could deal with gambling and addictive mechanics?”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games While Quinlan is aware that loot boxes may not technically constitute gambling, he suggested that the psychological tricks associated with gambling are too prevalent to ignore. “I think the mechanism is so close to gambling, when we talk about psychology and the way addiction and reward works, I think whether or not it means the strict definition of gambling, it’s close enough and the impact is close enough,” he said. The discussion around loot boxes has been bogged down in the technicalities of gambling legislation, often used as a defence by the companies that adopt the mechanics. However, in a recent open letter to EA, a self-confessed gambling addict warned of the pernicious influence microtransactions could have on vulnerable people. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 6 hours agoLatest comments (1)Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writinglast_img read more