There’s always more space for new entries into ban world. The latest could be some of the greediest companies in the gaming industry. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley announced a bill that would put a ban on predatory practices in the gaming community. Specifically, loot boxes & pay to win microtransactions.
This bill is designed to protect minors from the greedy practices of the EA & Activision ‘s of the world. According to our plug, this bill is called The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act. It’s designed for games made for people younger than 18, so I’d imagine Teen rated and below games. Mr. Hawley is on record saying
“When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction. And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”
I’m not sure what’s the solution is when he says wall the microtransactions off? How would the game know if a child is playing an M rated game without invading peoples privacy? Seems like a far fetched solution. Not to mention this is just a bill everyone; a glorified idea basically. It has a lot of steps to go through before it’s passed into law. I’ve seen a lot of people on social media excited about this & I hate to be a party pooper, but the reality is most bills fail. The classic song below explains why.