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The problem of loot boxes in the video game industry 
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Post The problem of loot boxes in the video game industry
Loot boxes are one of the controversies of the moment perhaps the most intense, regarding the video game industry . Several titles were launched with this type of functionality, namely the great “Star Wars Battlefront 2” and “Overwatch” , and for several months now, a chorus of criticism has been mounting on the subject. For many responsible players, players are being exposed to a feature that they would otherwise be legally prevented from using. Similar to a casino game This is, in practice, a feature in which the player can be lucky enough to win an extra prize, such as a more powerful weapon or an aesthetic ornament, for a small payment.

It does not always happen and the player cannot of course choose the prize he will win. However, the payment in cash to be able to risk – the so-called C Level Executive List microtransaction – is 100% guaranteed in the company's coffers. The mechanism is, obviously, similar to a casino game and that is exactly what various authorities and personalities have been reporting over the last few months, in several countries. With the aggravating factor that the main target of this type of games is made up of teenagers and minors, more likely to risk without control, while casinos are intended for adults. Loot Boxes from Australia to Belgium Criticism has multiplied in several countries.

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The Belgian government declared that loot boxes should be banned throughout the European Union ; a US senator questioned the industry self-regulatory body in the United States , demanding clarification and a position; and in Australia , the ABC newspaper ran a long story on the subject, in which a 24-year-old member of the Australian Senate declared that it was important for the official to take a stand. (In his words, many of his fellow senators are still “in Pacman days” when it comes to the topic of video games .) Shadow of War retreats One sign that the video game industry could definitely be retreating from this battleground came from Monolith Productions.

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