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Developers now have to disclose loot box odds on iOS

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Apple recently made a major revision to their app store review guidelines, and it’s one that has some pretty strong implications for the industry at large. App developers will now be required to display the odds for item drops on any randomized, loot box-style purchase.

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The exact rule reads: “Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.”

Similar disclosures are required by law in China, but this is the first time such a major Western distributor has taken a strong stance in policing loot box purchases on their platform. The Chinese law tangentially provided us English-speakers with odds on some major games like Hearthstone, and the rules on iOS will make those numbers even more accessible.

The game industry at large has been resistant to calling loot boxes gambling, with groups like the ESRB and PEGI confirming they believe randomized digital purchases are an entirely different beast.

The issue has become large enough to attract the attention of governmental bodies, and approaches there are mixed. The UK Gambling Commission says a lack of monetary value outside the game prevents digital loot box goods from meeting the definition of gambling, while the Belgium Gaming Commission’s investigation into the matter is ongoing. Meanwhile, US lawmakers are continuing to explore options regarding the regulation of loot boxes.

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4 Months ago

This is a step in the right direction. Now they will either be seen as the fucking charlatans they really are. Or they will have to adjust the odds so the sheeple don't realise how fucked they were getting.

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4 Months ago

Even though I don't play mobile games, that it good to hear.

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Jnx Avatar
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4 Months ago

To me this sounds like they actually need to list every available card per pack instead of just rarity. Seeing the actual numbers either way will certainly be disheartening to anyone willing to fill their collection.

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