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How Lootboxes have changed gaming

November 05, 2019 / TheXboxHub

The lines between video games and gambling have become increasingly blurred over the past decade, with the introduction of features such as loot boxes. Loot boxes offer players the chance to gain items or rewards paid for with real money, but the contents of which are randomised and unclear at the time of purchase. Loot boxes have become a big business and a massive opportunity for profit for video game companies, with some players reportedly spending hundreds of pounds on these items each month with no guarantee of what they’ll win. Forums are filled with posts from players who admit to spending, and losing, vast amounts of money due to poor impulse control. What’s more, players who have experienced gambling problems in the past are now finding that they are lured in once again through these randomised online purchases that seem innocuous on the surface but pose a big problem.