Micro-transactions for Minors are under fire by proposed bill

Micro-transactions for Minors are under fire by proposed bill

A bill drafted by Sen. Josh Hawley (Rep-Missouri) aims to ban the use of exploitative selling tactics in games to minors. The ’Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act’ targets popular titles such as ’Star Wars Battlefront II’ and ’Candy Crush Saga’, the latter having been reported to make $2 billion dollars in a year. Included are ’pay-to-win’ and advantage-based transactions like loot boxes.

darkwingsmurf 1 year

How about just banning loot boxes all together.

Nobody At all
Nobody At all 1 year

Good. It’s gambling for kids with mommy and daddies credit card. The micro transactions are way out of hand.

me notyu
me notyu 1 year

I'm ok with this. or make it so that loot boxes automatically qualify a game for an M or even adult rating so parents know that gambling with real money is an inherent part of the game.

Property 1 year

I hate goverment and regulations but I really do understand this.

RedPilled 1 year

So it's the game developers' fault that parents can't exercise some discipline over their kids? Not to mention, the articles say there are parental controls to limit the ability of these purchases. Enlighten me if I'm being ignorant here please (I mean that in all seriousness). I want to hear the other side's opinion to get a better understanding, because right now I don't see the point

Mozgus 1 year

I appreciate the goal of killing this cancer in gaming, but passing vague legislation under the guise of protecting children is never a good thing.

Shane 1 year

We should know that Fortnite the pinnacle of sub-18 micro transactions.

Sothensloth 1 year

Please do it! im sick and tired of paytowin cunts

Dominique 1 year

The Government shouldn't be responsible for raising children. Every good parent knows how to stop children do these sort of things.

Kenguru Safari
Kenguru Safari 1 year

socialists spend money on games to unlock things presented as a reward to fool them. It's all they have. It's the only ay they can get what they want.

The Oracle8191
The Oracle8191 1 year

Load of crap. Now that the government has a foot in the door on what game companies can or can't produce, I'm willing to bet we'll be seeing more mandated sjw garbage in our games from some pseudo do gooder congressman just looking to score points with the diversity crowd.

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious 1 year

game developers have been given every opportunity to do the right thing but refused, they'll now get the big government weeny

Jax Milovitch
Jax Milovitch 1 year

Good , to many seem unable to control spending on thin air. Frankly I got hooked on a few games with micro transactions and the moment I felt I needed to start forking I either decide hmm I’m over this shit or I’ll just get as far as I can get without spending. If I feel I must then the game is not worth paying money for

Patrick 1 year

hipefully thwy understand that this is very much needed. video games and the internet has this much outreach now

Raymond M Hein Jr
Raymond M Hein Jr 1 year


Monster Mash
Monster Mash 1 year

I wish we could go back to a one time transaction for apps, I don't mind paying 3 bucks for something. but I am so sick of being asked to fork out 5 bucks for a little more game time aka pay for play Mirco transactions.

John Shepherd
John Shepherd 1 year

Potentially banning microtransactions could lead to more "subscription" or timed based transactions. I've played a few games where they literally throw the option to get a subscription to the game to remove the ads and give you a bonus for a week or two in your face before you even get to see if you enjoy the game. Or to have developers release kits where you get something like the ability to open one, two or more "free" lootboxes/powerups daily for thirty days, which could lead to further addiction habits like what energy/time systems, only not being a micro transactions but to the point of DLC/expansions/pass costs. With most in gamindustri being about extorting profits, if one thing is removed/restricted it would just lead way for either price hikes, or relabelling of what they're doing. My question would be really about the classification as to what the gambling restrictions would be, as most of the time you're indirectly giving companies money, via the need for purchasing a government unregulated digital currency (gems/bucks/points etc) with which then you'll gamble with, or not gamble with as most have alternate uses for the currency. At what point should it be between player(or guardian) , company, and government to regulate usage of (real) money in games? Would there, or are there, going to be games that could only be funded or collected money from other unregulated currencies like crypto currencies?

Bart De Bock
Bart De Bock 1 year

good, maybe well go back to good games instead of the microtransaction laden crap

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