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A Washington state senator has loot boxes in his sights

If you thought loot box controversy was a phenomenon exclusive to late 2017, then don't hold your breath. Not only are loot boxes likely to become more ubiquitous, but so will the debates surrounding them. With analysts in Australia and ministers in Belgium recently concerned with whether they constitute gambling or not, now it's the turn of Washington state.

The person responsible is senator Kevin Ranker, who has this month introduced a bill to determine whether loot boxes can be defined as gambling and, if so, how they can be regulated. Speaking to the News Tribute, Ranker was explicit regarding his concerns.

“What the bill says is, ‘Industry, state: sit down to figure out the best way to regulate this,’” he said. “It is unacceptable to be targeting our children with predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something.”

Washington isn't the first state in the USA to address loot boxes: a Hawaii state legislator, Chris Lee, recently released a video which described loot boxes as "predatory practices", while later laying out plans for how to eradicate them. Whatever the case, the entirety of Ranker's bill can be perused over here (pdf)

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.