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FTC to Investigate Loot Crate "Gambling"

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Just saw this in the news today and was curious what may come of this, if anything?

FTC pledges loot crate investigation

Since the legal definition of "gambling" varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, I doubt there will be any impact, although my entertainment law professor did reply that offering items that are no longer available for purchase is a legal grey area.

Personally, I've enjoyed most of my purchases myself.

Thoughts? Interested in what the community thinks.

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This addiction I do not have. I'll stick to a sure bet, Buds and Whiskey. Where one man (woman) spends their money is no concern of mine. I have spent a lot of money on this game but not for loot boxes.

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I've never had a problem with loot boxes... but there are obviously people who do. What's funny is that, while society has dramatically reduced more traditional restrictions on gambling - at least in the U.S. (there are casinos everywhere now; sports betting is becoming mainstream; MLB just inked a massive deal with MGM today) - digital gambling seems to be on the way out. I guess I don't really feel strongly about it one way or the other.

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Loot boxes are and always have been gambling where the legal definition just hadn't caught up to the modern implementation.  You pay money to gamble on whether or not you get the item (payout) you want.  They are gambling, they are predatory (and literally designed to prey on a few whales by in large by taking advantage of people susceptible to gambling addiction) and in most games where they are implemented they make the overall game experience worse because they need to pressure you to buy them.  The final point is a lot less true here since you can usually just buy outright what's in the boxes, but that just reinforces how they are gambling.  You pay money for a CHANCE at a discount on what you want.  Some European jurisdictions are already calling them what they are and while I don't hold much faith that the US ever will since here regulation almost exclusively exists to PROTECT large capital interests I can always hope.

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Casinos and state lottery systems are pissed that online game companies are potentially cutting into their profits, therefore they have lobbied to have FTC take this action.

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I've never bought a lootbox, crate or other doohickey with IRL funds before in any game. In-game currency though like FXP, coal, or whatever the hell points I had in Lord of the Rings Online or Star Trek Online yea lol but I basically got a monthly stipend from both of those due to lifetime VIP accounts.

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So long as loot crates offer items that don't provide a distinct in-game advantage, I'm fine with them.

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