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More Boxing with Loot Boxing

PC Gamer added a follow-up after we reported their story saying Belgium had labeled in-game loot boxes as gambling. Word is this is not yet an official proclamation. They say: "Belgium's Gaming Commission has not actually finalized its decision on whether loot boxes are gambling. The site says the statement that appeared in the original report, stating that the 'mixture of money and addiction is a game of chance,' is descriptive of the investigation's intent rather than its conclusion." In contrast, Kotaku Australia and PowerUp have articles saying the Australian state of Victoria has concluded that loot boxes are gambling, though this is based on correspondence posted on reddit, rather than some sort of official declaration (thanks MP1ST). Here's a bit from that source email:

Your research and suppositions on the matter are correct; what occurs with "loot boxes" does constitute gambling by the definition of the Victorian Legislation. Unfortunately where the complexity arises is in jurisdiction and our powers to investigate. Legislation has not moved as quick as the technology; at both State and Federal level we are not necessarily equipped to determine the legality of these practices in lieu of the fact the entities responsible are overseas.

We are currently engaging with interstate and international counter parts to progress wider policy changes and to modernise and inform both Federal and State based legislation. We take on board responses from the community, such as your concerns, to ensure that our actions are reflective of the risks these products pose as well as the community’s expectation. Watching recent Reddit activity certainly indicates the majority of the gaming community is at odds with decisions made by certain companies.

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3. Re: More Boxing with Loot Boxing Nov 23, 2017, 14:04 SpectralMeat
 
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