Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft and an array of other game publishers are committing to a new policy that loot box odds must now be disclosed going forward.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced the news that the focus of loot boxes have been their agenda for a while. These publishers are committing to a new policy that will require paid loot boxes to disclose information on the relative rarity or the probability of obtaining the virtual items within.
The list of publishers that accepted this new policy and must now divulge all odds on paid loot boxes are the following: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Bungie, EA, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros and Wizards of the Coast. The ESA further adds that many other ESA members are still considering the disclosure.
Loot boxes have been a significant issue for gaming for a while now, and some European countries have already implemented a ban such as the Netherlands and Belgium. You can say this many started due to EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II controversy, but alas, EA is still in defence against loot boxes…
The plan is to implement these loot box disclosures in 2020; the details of the requirements are still finalising.
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