Australian Senate Advises a "Comprehensive Review" of Loot Boxes

The latest country to put loot boxes and microtransactions on blast and question their existence this week is Australia. The Australian Senate Environment and Communications References Committee delivered a report looking into loot boxes called "Gaming micro-transactions for chance-based items", which did an in-depth study into the issue and their findings are less than promising toward the system. The short version: they recommend further study into how these systems work, but determined that it's basically gambling in the eyes of Australian law, and poses a harm to children.

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Now whether or not the country will take any kind of action based on this report is yet to be seen. We're not going to claim to be experts on Australian laws, but normally when something like this happens, Parliment has two options: Continue to investigate it before a proper discussion about what to do about it, or jump right into discussing the matter and figuring out a course of action, if any. We'll keep an eye on the matter and see what happens.

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