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Parliamentarians recommend underage ban on video game ‘loot boxes’

In the United Kingdom and a group of parliamentarians has reportedly recommended that the video games industry be prohibited from allowing those under the age of 18 to purchase addictive in-game rewards including so-called ‘loot boxes.’

According to a report from The Guardian newspaper, this advice was published earlier today as part of the findings of a special investigation conducted by a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee looking into addictive and immersive technologies.

Extensive testimony:

The newspaper reported that this inquiry had taken evidence from a wide range of industry participants including players, scientists, regulators and developers and additionally recommended reclassifying these real-money re…

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