Loot boxes are a hot topic right now, there is a petition for the UK Government to investigate and the ESRB has released their stance. Now, European rating board PEGI has provided their take on the subject.
In short, our approach is similar to that of ESRB (I think all rating boards do, USK in Germany as well). The main reason for this is that we cannot define what constitutes gambling. That is the responsibility of a national gambling commission. Our gambling content descriptor is given to games that simulate or teach gambling as it’s done in real life in casinos, racetracks, etc. If a gambling commission would state that loot boxes are a form of gambling, then we would have to adjust our criteria to that.
Based on the statement, PEGI is suggesting that they aren’t the right governing body to decide what does or doesn’t constitute gambling. Instead, they leave that call to the gambling commission in each country to decide.
How has your experience been with loot boxes? Have they gotten in the way of your game? Do you buy them and enjoy the ease they offer? Let us know in the comments or on social media.
If you aren’t familiar with PEGI (Pan-European Game Information rating system), it is the European equivalent of the ESRB only the ratings have more legal standing in most countries rather than being a suggestion like the ESRB ratings.