After years of so-called killer games, micro-transactions have been calling politicians around the world. They would amount to a game of chance and therefore are unsuitable for the younger public. First calls for a ban are loud.
Although Electronic Arts and DICE have temporarily removed the bootbox-based microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront 2, it is unclear when it will return. However, the ghost has long been out of the bottle and not just the industry is discussing lootboxes and similar game mechanics in which players can invest money. The not inconsiderable criticism and reporting has also attracted the attention of many politicians.
This applies, for example, to Koen Geens. He is the Belgian Minister of Justice and wants to ban all in-game sales with an uncertain and random content. The reasoning states that such a system is basically a game of chance and could lead to an addiction. In addition, video games in conjunction with such gambling could damage the mental health of young people, it continues.
Nonetheless, Geens emphasized that the results will take time, as such an initiative must go through the European Union. Whether something comes out in the end, remains to be seen anyway. In the past, industry representatives emphasized that there are basically no losers in the loot boxes. They always pour out something and duplicate items are converted in many games.
But even Hawaii is resisting microtransactions and lootboxes. Representative Chris Lee criticized the effect on young players and even described “Star Wars Battlefront 2” as an online casino created to pull the money out of the kids’ pockets – his statement that you find on Reddit. He concluded with the “Star Wars” quote “It is a trap.” Accordingly, a ban is sought in Hawaii.