Nintendo to require developers/publishers to disclose loot box odds

Odds of winning are not good

While it seems loot boxes are here to stay, some new practices are being added in to protect consumers. Michael Warnecke, the ESA’s chief counsel of tech policy, has announced that Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony will now require developers/publishers to disclose loot box odds to consumers.

“I’m pleased to announce this morning that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms. Specifically, this would apply to new games and game updates that add loot box features, and it would require the disclosure of the relative rarity or probabilities of obtaining randomized virtual items in games that are available on their platforms.”

Perhaps seeing the actual odds for these mechanics will dissuade some people from pumping cash into them in the hopes of getting the content they want.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Categories: Consoles, Portables
Tags: switch


This is good news.

I wonder if the Psyonix announcement of them removing loot boxes from Rocket League is a reaction to this news (assuming they were privy to it beforehand)?

Bear in mind that there's already similar legislation for gambling machines to show the odds of winning, which has been around for decades. I'm glad they're following suit with this (no pun intended), since not only does it allow the consumer to be more prepared, but it creates a parallel to traditional electronic gambling and makes it more clear that lootboxes are a form of gambling.


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