New Bill Would Ban Loot Boxes, 'Pay-To-Win' Video Games

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 7:11 PM EDT) -- Video game makers have made a fortune offering players loot boxes and other "pay-to-win" mechanisms. But a bill soon to be introduced in the Senate promises to ban such practices and hold those companies liable for exploiting user addiction.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act aims to prohibit "manipulative" features in video games that are played by children under 18, as well as games that developers know will attract young players to "engage in microtransactions," said Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who is spearheading the legislation.

The proposed bill specifically targets loot boxes, which players can purchase to receive a random...

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