Study Points To Strong Link Between Problem Gambling, Loot Boxes

Heavy spending on loot boxes is a stronger indicator of problem gambling habits than depression and drug abuse, according to a new study commissioned by an Australian parliamentary committee.

“We found that the more severe an individual’s problem gambling, the more they spent on loot boxes,” wrote the study’s authors, British academics David Zendle and Paul Cairns of York St. John and York universities.

“The amount that gamers spent on loot boxes was a better predictor of their problem gambling than high-profile factors in the literature such as depression and drug abuse,” they said.

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