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Gambling Regulators Signal Joint Action On Loot Boxes, Social Gaming

An open letter promising joint action by a group of global gambling regulators has heaped further pressure on the video games industry to address spreading concern about its links to gambling.

A letter signed by the heads of 16 regulators, including the UK Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority and the Washington State Gambling Commission, states that the authorities are "increasingly concerned with the risks being posed by the blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment".

Both loot boxes and social gaming are name-checked in the letter, which was drafted over the summer at the annual meeting of the Gambling Regulators Europe Forum (GREF) and was published by multiple organisations on Monday.

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