UPDATE – Hawaii Senator Calls for Action on Battlefront 2 Loot Boxes
Hawaii has condemned the use of loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II, describing it as a “predatory practice” that can take advantage of young people who are vulnerable.
In a press conference, state representative Chris Lee described how he believes that the Star Wars Battlefront Loot Box system was “a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money. It’s a trap.”
Lee continued by saying,
“This is something we need to address to ensure that particularly kids who are underage, who are not psychologically and emotionally mature enough to gamble–which is why gambling is prohibited under [the age of] 21–are protected from being trapped into these cycles which have compelled many folks to spend thousands of dollars in gaming fees online.”
Representative Lee made the point that Star Wars was a primarily children’s brand and he is ready to take action.
“We’re looking at legislation this coming year which could prohibit sale of these games to folks who are underage in order to protect these families, as well as prohibiting different kinds of mechanisms in those games.”
Representative Lee also compelled those on Reddit to support the effort by “calling and emailing your own state legislators and asking them to act.”
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