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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bobsmith132d ago

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

Sciurus_vulgaris132d 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.

lxeasy131d ago

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

crazychris4124132d ago

Stevie Wonder must be on the ratings board

Sciurus_vulgaris132d ago

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

FunAndGun131d ago

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

Haurus131d 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?

bloop131d ago

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

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

XiNatsuDragnel132d ago

Seriously, loot boxes are the equalvent of gambling

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CyberSentinel132d ago (Edited 132d ago )

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

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