Video Game Makers To Reveal Loot Box Odds

In hopes of staving off potential government regulation of loot boxes, the video game industry’s leading trade group said Wednesday that the world’s top three gaming console manufacturers will require publishers to disclose more information about the likelihood of obtaining rare items.

Michael Warnecke, chief counsel of technology policy for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), announced that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo had committed to new policies that would require disclosing the odds of obtaining items in the virtual boxes.

In addition, he said, several major game publishers who are ESA members have committed to their own disclosure requirement.

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