Loot Boxes Are Not Considered Gambling In New Zealand

Loot Boxes Are Not Considered Gambling In New Zealand

Recently the gambling regulator of New Zealand stated that according to the strict definition of the term gambling, loot boxes and microtransactions in video games could not be considered such in the legal aspect.

New Zealand's Department for Internal Affairs has ruled that loot boxes don't constitute gambling.

Going into greater detail, licensing compliance manager Trish Millward, stating: "While the payment of money for a loot box with the contents of which are determined by chance many appear to be gambling, the Department is of the view that loot boxes to not meet the legal definition of gambling".

New Zealand joins other countries in not wanting to address the issue while the matter is being looked at by other authorities around the globe. As the matter is in fact fairly new, there is no such legislature that can help resolve the case.

Put simply these countries are arguing that since loot boxes are only valuable to gamers for a better gaming experience, their real value outside the virtual world is nothing; they can not be sold for authentic money. Gamers around the world were infuriated by the seemingly greedy approach of the developer wanting to receive even more money from the players once they have already purchased the game. Loot boxes are a variation on the theme.

This is due to the argument as old as the loot box debate itself, in that the randomised crates do not pertain to money or something that can convert to money. With any luck, developers and publishers will rethink their strategy in 2018 to avoid the negative press that hampered Star War Battlefront 2 sales.

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