22 November 2017 - 17:52

The state of Hawaii is investigating whether loot boxes should be considered a form of gambling

Games like Star Wars Battlefront II have spurred the investigation on.
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Loot boxes are a hot topic in gaming, and some lawmakers are looking into how what they describe as an "epidemic" can be curbed.

Hawaii is currently at work investigating possible state legislation that could change the way loot boxes are utilized when it comes to the games we've been seeing lately. The fervor over Star Wars Battlefront II has ignited a debate over how these things will be viewed and regulated in the coming days, and Hawaii's Democratic State Representative Chris Lee has taken it upon himself to personally investigate. 

During a press conference, Lee announced that the state is investigating the spread of "predatory practices" in online games like Star Wars Battlefront II, as well as the kind of laws that could be enforced to help curb any "exploitation" the games could spur on. 

This press conference follows the announcement from the Gaming Commission in Belgium, which now considers loot boxes to be the same as gambling. It will take up that argument with the EU in the near future. 

Lee referred to the loot box situation in Star Wars Battlefront II as a "Star Wars-themed online casino." He mentioned that the state has also been in talks with its "counterparts" in other states in an attempt to figure out a way to address the issues loot boxes have raised in the past couple of weeks. 

“Change is difficult at the federal level, but states can and are taking action," Lee said. "I believe this fight can be won because all the key bases of political support across the country are on the same side.”

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