U.S. Loot Box Legislation Introduced in the Senate

“The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” was introduced by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) today. This bill is to combat the predatory nature of the current micro-transaction trend. In addition, Hawley said in a statement today that this legislation would target games for children under the age of 18. This also includes, “audiences whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in micro-transactions”

This bill will prohibit forms of game design like Loot Boxes and Pay-to-Win. Hawley then describes Pay-to-Win as, “Manipulation of the competitive balance between players of multiplayer games…” Allowing players to purchase a competitive advantage over one another.

This legislation will allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce this over site. Along with giving the State Attorney General the power to file suit to defend the residents of their state

Source: Kotaku

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