Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act

Ars Technica has details on the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, a bill being put forth by U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to regulate loot boxes, microtransactions, and other ways to monetize games targeted at children. They note that this still has a long way to go before being signed into law (here's a refresher on that aspect of this) and also have a reaction from the ESA, who unsurprisingly, are not enthusiastic. The Senator's office has distributed this one-pager to outline how this proposes to regulate games targeting minors or that knowingly allow minors to engage in microtransactions:
In such games, this bill would prohibit several forms of manipulative design:

Loot Boxes

  • Microtransactions offering randomized or partially randomized rewards to players


  • Manipulation of a game’s progression system – typically by building artificial difficulty or other barriers into game progression – to induce players to spend money on microtransactions to advance through content supposedly available to them at no additional cost
  • Pay-to-win - Manipulation of the competitive balance between players of multiplayer games by allowing players who purchase microtransactions competitive advantages over other players


  • These rules would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, which would treat the distribution of such games by publishers and online distributors as an unfair trade practice.
  • State attorneys general would also be empowered to file suit to defend the residents of their states.

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May 9, 2019, 06:49
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May 9, 2019, 06:49
saluk wrote on May 9, 2019, 01:50:
The consequences of something like this being on the books would be worse than the sin of gacha games.

Not saying it would be good, but I'd take the incompetence and self serving corruption of career politicians over the inhuman nightmare that is regulatory capture by inhuman corporations, the analogue version of Terminator's Skynet. Institutions which have more power than most world governments, certainly larger reach, and absolutely no interest in human well being have no place in writing legislation, and yet here we are.

Yes, pollies often finds themselves at the service of corporations. Yet there are brief moments, as those under Roosevelts, where some individual through bravery, stupidity or opportunism actually does something useful and stands up and defies their moneied benefactors.
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