Influential Australian anti-gambling lawmaker Nick Xenophon has warned that he will try to classify certain first-person shooter games as gambling as part of a bill amending online gaming legislation.
Senator Xenophon said “insidious” multi-player shooter games that monetise virtual items such as weapon components are conditioning children to accept gambling elements and are accelerating their spending habits without parental consent.
“There are lots of unwitting parents out there who don’t realise their kids are being groomed to gamble this way,” he told the Australian Associated Press agency on Sunday.
“This is the Wild West of online gambling that is actually targeting kids,” Xenophon told Fairfax Media in a separate interview.
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