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Video games could fall foul of anti-gambling laws

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  • Dec 07 2017 18:15About: 4 days ago
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A DECADE ago the idea of paying real money for virtual items was strange and exotic. These days many video-game publishers build their business models around it. Some of the world’s biggest games, such as “League of Legends”, cost nothing to buy. Instead they rely for their revenue on players buying things for use in the game, such as new characters to play with or costumes to put them in.

A new twist on that model has been attracting the attention of regulators in recent weeks. “Loot boxes” are yet another type of “in-game” item that gamers buy with currency. Unlike the usual sort of purchase, however, players do not know in advance what they are buying, for the contents of a loot box are generated randomly. Sometimes they might be desirable, and therefore valuable; prized items include new gestures or “emotes” for a character, or a pearl handle for an automatic weapon. If less alluring, well, players can pay a bit more money...Continue reading

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Four-sided banditA DECADE idea paying real money virtual items strange exotic. These days many video-game publishers build their business models around Some world’s biggest games such “League Legends” cost nothing buy. Instead they rely revenue players buying things game characters play with costumes them in.A twist that model been attracting attention regulators recent weeks. “Loot boxes” another type “in-game” item gamers currency. Unlike usual sort purchase however know advance what buying contents loot generated randomly. Sometimes might desirable therefore valuable; prized include gestures “emotes” character pearl handle automatic weapon. less alluring well more money...Continue reading

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