On November 20th, 2017 Criss Lee, Democratic State Representative from Hawaii held a press conference to explain that the state of Hawaii will commence investigation for the legislation banning of games like EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II from being played by young children in Hawaii and possibly the pursuant of this ban to grow to a national scale.
This is something very similar in Belgium where they have declared today that the government ruled that lootboxes will be categorized as gambling, Hawaii as well, will be pursuing the same conclusion.
Chris Lee has been quoted as saying, ” This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino” and “It’s a trap”
Below is the full conference from Chris Lee along with other legislator expressing their concerns about how lootboxes ruining the gaming experience.
The lootbox issues are slowly creeping into the US as this system has been already heavily regulated in Asia.
Japanese freemium games are currently required to display to the users what the drop rates are and also provide guaranteed rewards when a player spend X amount dollars in their game.
China currently is only required to display the drop rates and its only time when US will start getting heavily regulated based on all these Gacha (Lootbox) related issues that is deeply tied to the gambling psychology.
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