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.