After years of pressure among gamers and parents alike, Australian MP Andrew Wilkie has officially filed a loot box bill to the Australian Classification Board.
The would require the ACB to refuse classification of any that contains loot boxes, or at the very list automatically grant the game with an R18+ rating within the country.
“By tempting young players with the potential-to-win game-changing items, encouraging risk-taking behaviour for a possible reward, delivering random prizes on an intermittent basis and encouraging them to keep spending money, it’s clear that loot boxes give rise to many of the same emotions and experiences associated with poker machines and other traditional gambling activities.”
While it’s still unlikely that this bill could pass, it does have some support within the government including MP Andrew Wallace from Liberal National Party of Queensland.
The bill was introduced, read, and had its second reading move all on November 28.