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e-Sports Washington State Senators Introduce Bill to Investigate Loot Boxes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018  
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e-Sports Washington State Senators Introduce Bill to Investigate Loot Boxes

Last week, three Washington state legislators introduced a bill (SB 6266) that if passed would charge the Washington State Gambling Commission to investigate loot boxes. The bill, which has been referred to the Committee on Labor & Commerce, would require the WSGC to report on the topic of loot boxes by the end of the year. Specific topics WSGC would have to address are:
 
“(a) Whether games and apps containing these mechanisms are considered gambling under Washington law; (b) whether these mechanisms belong in games and apps; (c) whether minors and other young people, who may be more vulnerable to gambling addiction, should have access to games and apps with these mechanisms; and (d) the lack of disclosure and transparency with respect to the odds of receiving each type of virtual item.”
 
WSGC would also be charged to “provide recommendations regarding how to best regulate the practice of including loot boxes and similar types of mechanisms in online games and apps, including options for the adoption and implementation of a regulatory and enforcement system, restrictions on the sale of games containing these mechanisms, and any appropriate disclosures.”  Click here to read more.
 

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