Loot Box Lawsuits Dismissed

An article on Bloomberg Law (may require registration or subscription) describes a court victory for Valve in a class action suit over loot boxes in games, and whether they constitute gambling. Another Bloomberg Law article (may require registration or subscription) details a victory by Google in a similar case. The Google ruling was based on US state law and article 230 of the CDA: "The plaintiff’s claims failed because loot boxes are legal under state law, and even if they weren’t, the Communications Decency Act shields Google under the alleged facts, Judge Beth Labson Freeman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said. Section 230 of the law immunizes internet platforms from liability for publishing content created by others." As for Valve, the case seemed to fail due to lack of evidence:
Valve Corp. beat a proposed class suit by parents alleging it failed to disclose gambling-like features in games with embedded loot boxes just a week after another federal court rejected a similar suit against Apple.

Here, a Washington federal court said the plaintiffs can’t support their claims because they didn’t see the allegedly deceptive materials.
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Jan 12, 2022, 03:07
Re: Loot Box Lawsuits Dismissed Jan 12, 2022, 03:07
Jan 12, 2022, 03:07
HoSpanky wrote on Jan 11, 2022, 17:03:
I don't see this as any different from Blind Boxes for toys
Or every collectible card game since Magic: The Gathering. Or Star Wars and baseball cards before them. I think those are more akin to gambling than video game loot boxes, since you're paying real money for unknown payouts. On the video game side -- is it gambling every time a video game has a random number generator, like when you step on a hut in Civilization and you don't know if you're going to get free technology or a stack of barbarians? Or when you kill bad guys and random coins, weapons and armor fall out? Or are boxes with keys specifically what make it gambling? I think if you're going to take it to court you'll need more than message board randos declaring a game is "obviously gambling", and you'd have to work with the definitions laid out in a jurisdiction's gambling laws.
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