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."
Its gambling you sellOuts
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. 😎
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.
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.
... wellllll now
dumb New Zealand
So your calling a whole country dumb because of an old policy made by the government
My bad let me fix that>>> Dumb New Zealand Government, there that's what I meant.
Is it gambling, enjoy whatever bribe they gave you
Loot boxes are gambling. It's just like alcohol being a drug people don't consider it as such but it is, it's just not a hard drug like meth. It's the same with loot boxes, these organizations are stating that loot boxes don't fall under the current gambling laws so don't need to be policed. They are still a form of gambling just not casino gambling.
They are keeping am eye on it and at the moment under our current law it's not considered gambling as you have to remember that the policy is from 2003 when loot boxes weren't as prevalent as they are now
It's saying they can't be policed under current gambling laws, because they aren't classified as gambling. It says nothing about if they will look at it further to see if it should be classified as gambling in the future, or if laws should be adjusted to include them. It's a ruling that determines the immediate effect, but not the long term decision. Granted, at this time, I guess NZ isn't looking into it further, but if enough people request it, then they might.
This is similar to the UK's approach. It doesn't mean loot boxes aren't gambling, it just means under the current legal definition's - which vary from country to country, they aren't, currently. Laws adapt as needed, loot boxes are new, things will change, because common sense dictates it must.
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