One of the most frequent discussions on video games concerns the loot boxes, a mechanic that has become increasingly popular over the years, but which has practically never been frowned upon by consumers or legislators, who are always looking for more ways to regulate them.
The British government recently proposed to ban these mechanics in games dedicated to children, and the DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Committee to introduce a tax to counteract the negative effects of gaming, in addition to pressuring the PEGI to add warnings related to gambling in games that include loot boxes, if necessary also by raising the age limit to be able to use it.
In the past, however, the Dutch and Belgian governments had completely banned the mechanics of microtransactions in general, while Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have entered into a pact for more honest and transparent use of the latter.
Electronic Arts, one of the companies called upon to respond to the issue along with Epic Games, Activision, Ubisoft, Nintendo, 2K Games and PEGI itself, issued a press release stating: “We have seen and carefully considered the report of the DCMS Committee. We do not agree with all the conclusions and recommendations of the report, but nevertheless, we take our responsibilities towards players of all ages very seriously. We have a commitment in the comparing the safety and well-being of the players every time they play one of our titles or join our community, we will continue to try to understand how we can contribute to finding solutions for the topics covered in the report, and we are confident that we will continue our ongoing dialogue with the British Government “.
A defence of one’s own position in short, but with a clear openness to dialogue. What do you think of EA’s words?