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New Zealand says lootboxes 'do not meet the legal definition for gambling'

New Zealand's gambling regulator--the Gambling Compliance office of its Department of Internal Affairs--has told Gamasutra that "the Department is of the view that loot boxes do not meet the legal definition of gambling."

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nitus10337d ago

The New Zealand Gambling laws appear to be a means of controlling something after that something has been defined in law. Basically, this is like putting the cart before the horse. https://www.dia.govt.nz/Gam... so it's no wonder that loot boxes which are not defined do not constitute gambling.

BTW. I think you need to be a lawyer to understand the legalese of the NZ site.

Contrast the NZ Gambling laws to the Australian Gambling laws (see the following for a legal definition) https://www.communications.... which defines what gambling is and by that definition loot boxes are definitely gambling.

Take a look at the legal definition of gambling in the USA https://definitions.uslegal... and again loot boxes fall into what constitutes gambling.

Just for fun I also looked at what the UK defines as gambling and like New Zealand and again it appears to be a cart before the horse definition http://www.gamblingcommissi... which maybe makes Australian gambling law more like the US gambling law. Now if only we could have something like the first amendment. 😎

zuul9018337d ago (Edited 337d ago )

Damn sir, I applaud your dedication to staying informed.
This guy did his research, straight up.

You should seriously get a reddit gold or something for this.

BenjaMan64338d ago

In a few months perhaps all will be back to normal regarding loot boxes and microtransactions. At most, corporations will focus more on making them mostly cosmetic.

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