The situation with EA and their game Star Wars Battlefront 2 seems to be getting worse every day. A group of politicians representing Hawaii are taking action and are condemning loot box use in the game. State representative Chris Lee even went so far as to say “This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money. It’s a trap,” he added. I’m not sure if he realized that was a popular saying in the Star Wars community, but it was spot on.
Other representatives mentioned that this practice started with the mobile market, but now when you have an AAA studio joining the loot box market, it becomes a huge issue. They are looking to other states and legislation to protect children under 21 from games with this type of system. They also want to prevent other companies from following the same method.
I really didn’t think that one video game would get on the government’s radar, but here we are! Not only is the fight going on in the states, but other countries are also trying to correctly define what a loot box should be considered. Take a look at the video below for the press conference and let me know what you think about loot boxes.