12 Sep 2019

MPs call for video game ‘loot boxes’ to be banned for children – and be classed as gambling

MPs have demanded that video games which allow money to be gambled on virtual items should be banned from being sold to children. Games such as Fortnite and Fifa have features called ‘Loot boxes’ – which allow gamers to spend money on the chance to win special features.

Loot boxes are lucrative for gaming companies but MPs say they come at a high cost, particularly for problem gamblers, while exposing children to potential harm. Minnie Stephenson has this report.