Politics and video games are again crossing in the United States, this time in line with the concern of a Republican senator about the presence of micro-payments and booty boxes in video games that minors can access.
Specifically, we are talking about Josh Hawley who, according to the specialized website Kotaku, intends to carry out a bill, named The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, aimed at restricting these practices.
The initiative will not only rest on videogames recommended for the youngest, but also on productions “whose developers, knowingly, allow minor players to participate in microtransactions”.
& quot ; When it is a game designed for children, developers should not be allowed to monetize the addition, “Hawley says in the statement picked up by Kotaku. ” And when children access games designed for adults, they should be excluded from abusive micropayments. Those who take advantage of it, must face legal consequences, “added the US senator from Missouri.
ESA, the employer of the videogame sector in the United States, has already responded to the senator recalling that in several countries of the world, such as the United Kingdom or Germany, it has already been determined that loot boxes are not considered gambling. ” Parents already have the ability to limit or prohibit in-game purchases with easy-to-use parental controls & quot ;, added the association.
In the European Community market, a few months ago, regulators of the game of several countries joined against the loot boxes.