Hawaii has introduced 4 bills that prohibit the sale of games with loot boxes to anyone under 21, force publishers to disclose odds

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Started by Legend, Feb 13, 2018, 08:34 PM

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Chris Lee (loot box bills): "ESA lobbyists roaming the halls of the state capitol here as we speak" | ResetEra

Chris Lee, the state representative from Hawaii who wants to take action against video games with "predatory" loot boxes, believes we are in the midst of a turning point when it comes to the video game industry and its business practices. The industry has to stop taking advantage of players with exploitive practices related to microtransactions, he told GameSpot in an interview. The time is right now due to the "generational transition" where lawmakers and people in power are becoming more attuned to video games. "We have to try and stand up for what is right," Lee said. "I think it is inevitable that, whether it was spurred by Battlefront or some of the recent big-title games just being so ridiculously exploitative of the player base, there is enough of generational transition in politics and positions of authority around the country and the world, that you have people who understand what the industry is doing and are willing to stand up and take action and do something about it. Inevitably, the industry will have to change. "Because more and more jurisdictions are going to start protecting their citizens from the kinds of exploitive and predatory practices that the industry has been employing lately. Inevitably, that means a better industry for everybody and better games for everybody."Click to expand...
"There are ESA lobbyists roaming the halls of the state capitol here as we speak who have been flown out to try and stop any sort of conversation about these issues from happening," he said. We have followed up with the ESA in an attempt to get more details on its ambitions as it relates to Lee's bills and others with similar language in state legislatures across the US.Click to expand...
More @ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-exploitive-loot-boxes-must-change-law/1100-6456798/ First time I haven't copied the title 1:1, but it's the nugget above from this article that makes it stand out from yet another loot box topic. (even if this is yet another loot box topic)