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US legislator discusses loot box regulation and his favorite PC games

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A US lawmaker is sponsoring several pieces of legislation meant to clamp down on predatory practices in gaming loot boxes. And as it turns out, he’s pretty familiar with the subject.

Here’s why we aren’t all that keen on Overwatch’s loot box system.

Hawaii Rep. Chris Lee spoke with YouTuber Spawn Wave about what he’s trying to accomplish with bills he’s introduced in the state house and senate, but he also mentioned his own favorite games – notably, the Battlefield series.

Lee also said he’s “experimenting” with an Oculus Rift, and is planning on building a new PC to play Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (which Rich enjoyed quite a bit).

The legislation he’s introduced would restrict loot boxes in Hawaii to players 21 and older, and to require publishers to disclose the odds involved in loot boxes.

Whether this would prove helpful or not is an open question, but it is a bit reassuring to know that at least one policymaker working on games legislation in the U.S. is familiar with the subject.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Lee as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is in fact a Hawaii state representative.