Loot box Senate bill gets bipartisan support

CNET | 5/23/2019 | Oscar Gonzalez
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The details of a bill that could ban some microtransactions in video games are now available, and the bill has bipartisan support. A Republican senator had announced his plans to introduce the "anti-loot box" legislation earlier in May.

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Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, filed legislation Thursday for his Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, which would prohibit game developers from adding both loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions to a game targeted to those 18 years or younger, or games where the game makers know those under 18 are playing.

Supporting the bill are Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut.

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"Only the addiction economy could produce a business model that relies on placing a casino in the hands of every child in America with the goal of getting them desperately hooked," Sen. Hawley said on his website.

Stanley Pierre-Louis, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), has criticized the legislation as being "flawed and riddled with inaccuracies" and promoted the raising of awareness around in-game spending tools rather than government involvement.

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"It does not reflect how video games work nor how our industry strives to deliver innovative and compelling entertainment experiences to our audiences," Pierre-Louis said in an emailed statement. "The impact of this bill would be far-reaching and ultimately prove harmful to the player experience, not to mention the more than 220,000 Americans employed by the video game industry."

The bill, available on the senator's...
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