U.S. State Legislators Looking at Legislating Sale of Loot Boxes in Games

Star Wars Battlefront 2

According to IGN, Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee is “looking at legislation” that could prohibit the sale of games to players that are under 21 years of age, and possibly restrict the inclusion of gambling elements.  The gambling elements seem to refer to what Lee believes are present in Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes.

In his press announcement, Lee specifically mentioned EA and Star Wars Battlefront and claimed that he and his team had also been in conversation with other U.S. state legislators who were examining similar options to curb what he described as ‘predatory behaviour’ by game publishers.

He also said that he was concerned about the impact these games had on players under 21 in terms of gambling addiction and claimed “This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money.”