Video game loot boxes blamed for rise in young problem gamblers
Video game loot boxes have been blamed for a "deeply concerning" rise in the number of children with a gambling problem. According to an audit by the Gambling Commission , the number of problem gamblers aged between 11 and 16 has reached 55,000, with a further 70,000 at risk and 450,000 children said to bet regularly.
Bit of a worry tbh.
> Has any action been taken?
> Loot boxes have been banned in Belgium and the Netherlands as they are deemed to be gambling.
> In April, the Belgian Gaming Commission found that FIFA 18 and Overwatch were among those in violation of gambling laws and were therefore illegal if their loot boxes were not removed.
> Belgian justice minister Koen Geens said at the time: "It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we cannot allow that."
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