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UK Gov Holding Inquiry On Gaming Disorder, ‘Addictive Technologies’

February 25, 2019 / LIZ LANIER

The UK Parliament will hold an inquiry regarding gaming disorder and addictive immersive technologies on Wednesday, according to its official government website.The UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will look into the larger reach of technologies and their potential to be addictive by asking for experts to weigh in on the matter. Loot boxes were specifically mentioned in the notice, examining the link between the randomized contents of the purchasable in-game boxes might have links to gambling behaviors, according to the inquiry notice.“The inquiry will examine the development of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, and the potential impact these could have in the worlds of sport, entertainment and news,” it is stated on the Parliament website. “The inquiry will also look at how the addictive nature of some technologies can affect users’ engagement with gaming and social media, particularly amongst younger...