Not Enough Evidence To Say Loot Boxes Are Gambling, Says UK Digital Minister

There is not enough evidence to suggest that loot boxes in video games constitute gambling, the UK’s digital minister has told parliament.

Speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee looking into addictive technology, Margot James suggested that more research was needed to link loot boxes to gambling.

The controversial packs of in-game random items that players can buy using real money have led to fears that it could act as a gateway to gambling for young people.

Several other countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands, have ruled that they do constitute gambling.

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