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TheArc posted a topic in Off-TopicI assume this has to impact the EU server, but will it impact the others as well? https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53253195 Loot boxes: Lords call for 'immediate' gambling regulation The House of Lords Gambling Committee says video game loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws. The Lords say they should be classified as "games of chance" - which would bring them under the Gambling Act 2005. "If a product looks like gambling and feels like gambling, it should be regulated as gambling," their report says. And they warn that such a change should not wait. "The government must act immediately to bring loot boxes within the remit of gambling legislation and regulation," said a statement accompanying the report. Loot boxes have long been controversial in video games. They offer players a chance at a randomised reward when opened. To further complicate matters, boxes can often be bought for real money, and the rewards can sometimes be traded. Lord Grade, chairman of the committee, told BBC Breakfast that lots of other countries have already started to regulate loot boxes because "they can see the dangers" which is teaching "kids to gamble". He said the Gambling Act was "way behind what was actually happening in the market" but he added that the "overwhelming majority" of the report's recommendations "could be enacted today" as they don't require legislation. Click link to read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53253195
anonym_Hf93Jbjm9WjT posted a topic in Mischttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/24/uk-gambling-related-hospital-admissions-more-than-one-a-day - - Last week, the Royal Society for Public Health warned that betting-style features in video games, including loot boxes, are “polluting” young peoples’ lives and should be reclassified as gambling. “Gambling disorder significantly impacts on a person’s mental health, increasing the risk of self harm and suicide,” said Matt Zarb-Cousin from gambling blocking software firm Gamban. “We’re now at the point where more than one person every day in Britain has to be admitted to hospital as a result of gambling. It’s time to look properly at the types of gambling available and their role in causing such severe harm to people.” Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said earlier this year: “The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed.” He added: “This is an industry that splashes £1.5bn on marketing and advertising campaigns, much of it now pumped out online and through social media, but it has been spending just a fraction of that helping customers and their families deal with the direct consequences of addiction.” - -