06 July 2018

Loot Boxes

The Australian Senate has referred 'loot boxes' to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 September 2018.

The referral states
  •  The extent to which gaming micro-transactions for chance-based items, sometimes referred to as 'loot boxes', may be harmful, with particular reference to:  
    • whether the purchase of chance-based items, combined with the ability to monetise these items on third-party platforms, constitutes a form of gambling; and 
    • the adequacy of the current consumer protection and regulatory framework for in-game micro transactions for chance-based items, including international comparisons, age requirements and disclosure of odds.