ESRB Says It Doesn't See 'Loot Boxes' As Gambling

Over the past few weeks, as randomized loot boxes have dominated the conversation surrounding this fall’s video games, there have been calls for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to classify them as gambling in its back-of-the-box ratings. But the ESRB says that’s not going to happen—because according to a spokesperson, loot boxes don’t fit the bill.

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bobsmith44d ago

what about the limited time ones only available for the weekend bought a ton for gears 4 still no golden gear

Sciurus_vulgaris44d ago

The packs that are 400 credits are their to drain player credits. The next packs will contain Skorge, a character, that some players, will be willing to spend cash on.

lxeasy43d ago

The way Overwatch handles Loot boxes isn't gambling. When you level up you get a loot box.

crazychris412444d ago

Stevie Wonder must be on the ratings board

Sciurus_vulgaris44d ago

Unlike actual gambling, loot boxes have a guaranteed “prize”.

FunAndGun43d ago

Casinos should have a "prize" for every hand played. Play a $5 hand, guaranteed to receive $.10 chip....but you might win more.

Haurus43d ago

Doesn't matter if there is always a prize, if the value of said prize is substantially less than what was payed for the box. The "house" still wins.

If a $1 slot machine always gave out a prize of atleast .10c, would you say it is not gambling?

bloop43d ago

They should have a back-of-the-box warning.

"Contains retarded, scumbag, bullshit loot box mechanic 🖕."

XiNatsuDragnel44d ago

Seriously, loot boxes are the equalvent of gambling

thunderbird8643d ago

Let me know when you get something in return every time you play a slot machine.

RememberThe35743d ago

It's gambling is the way that you can't be sure that the worth of the items is equal to the worth of the box. You're still coming up short if you're spending 5 bucks and getting an item worth 50 cents. It's not a clear exchange of goods because you're not sure what you're actually buying.

Personally, I kind of like lootboxes when they're a fringe element. When they start to take the place of player progression I start to have an issue.

thunderbird8643d ago

The same principle applies to all those card games like magic the gathering. It's not gambling.

Rachel_Alucard43d ago


Except every single item has no real world value and can't be traded freely. Even on TF2/DOTA/CSGO where there is value on the items all you can do give it back to Valve instead of cashing it out into your bank account.

However, if a 3rd party site starts using those same steam items from those games and pays outi n real world currency then yes that is gambling and illegal.

Senboza43d ago

Thunderbird86 What gaming company are you working for? If you're not working for one, then please stop being a bongo.

thunderbird8642d ago

@Senboza Sorry but I'm not an entitled douche.

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CyberSentinel44d ago (Edited 44d ago )

....and donations to the ESRB from game companies, are not “bribes”.

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