In recent months, there has been a lot of discussion around loot boxes in games and if it constitutes gambling. While countries around the world ban loot boxes under their gambling laws, Australia is still discussing if purchasing loot boxes through games is gambling, or more of a lucky dip.
Kotaku reports, while during Ashton Media’s Esports Conference last week, this topic was discussed by Angus Abadee, Director for Policy and Legislation at Liquor and Gaming NSW, and Julian Hoskins, Principal of law firm Senet Legal.
Julian Hoskins thought the nature of loot boxes would mean that they’d be left alone in senate enquiry. Angus Abadee added to this, explaining that NSW didn’t believe that loot boxes weren’t gambling per se, but still expressed concerns, stating, “You’re not laying a cash stake, however the problem lies with loot box ecosystems”.
For more on the discussion, see the full story on Kotaku Australia.
The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is currently reviewing the “use of loot boxes in video games, whether they constitute gambling, and whether they are appropriate for younger audiences.” This report is due on September 17, this year.