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Games News - The ESRB will label games that have loot boxes

The brand will also appear in titles with DLC and expansions



The Entertainment Software Rating Board , organization better known as ESRB, sent a statement in which it announced that it will begin to tag games that have loot boxes . As you know, this is a response to controversies like the loot boxes of Star War: Battlefront II.

According to the ESRB, this brand will be applied to launches "that offer in-game purchases to get digital goods" in exchange for real money, which means that not only will games with loot boxes be tagged but also those that offer content for means of microtransactions (skins, currency to use within the game) or other type of downloadable content (expansions, maps, season passes).


As you can see, the measure announced by the ESRB is not entirely perfect, since the new label will appear in all the games that offer additional content, not only those that have loot boxes. In other words, it will be present in releases such as The Witcher: Wild Hunt -presents free DLC and paid expansions-, as well as games with a model similar to Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II , which offer loot boxes with diverse content. .
So, it is clear that this label is not focused on the players, but on the parents who simply want to know if the game they are buying will represent an additional expense later on.

"Parents need simple information. We can not make them feel overwhelmed with too many details. " Said Patrica Vance, president of the ESRB. "You are probably wondering why we are not doing something more specific for loot boxes. We have done a lot of research in the last weeks and months, particularly among parents. What we learned is that a large majority of parents do not know what a loot box is. Even those who say they know, do not really understand what it is.

As part of this measure, the ESRB will initiate a campaign for parents to learn about the parental control systems offered by modern gaming devices. That is, they want parents to know that they can have control over the time and money that their children invest in this entertainment medium.

Finally, it is important to point out that these are not definitive measures and the ESRB is willing to adjust them. To do so, he will work with developers, distributors and parents to find the best model for everyone.

As we already mentioned, this news comes months after the controversy of loot boxes of Star Wars: Battlefront II . In case you do not know, the Electronic Arts game was harshly criticized for its progression system that seemed to focus on making fans spend money in loot boxes to get all the content it offers. This situation not only angered the gamers and fans of Star Wars , as it also caught the attention of politicians from the United States , Australia , Belgium , France and other countries, who have analyzed the possibility of measures to protect consumers.

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