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Links Between Loot Boxes and Problem Gambling 'Robustly Verified' in New Report


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A new report from researchers at the universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton have discovered that loot boxes "are structurally and psychologically akin to gambling.

 

"As reported by BBC, this new research was commissioned by the GambleAware charity, and some of the results discovered include the following;

 

Of the 93% of children who play video games, up to 40% opened loot boxes

 

About 5% of gamers generate half the entire revenue from the boxes

 

Twelve out of 13 studies on the topic have established "unambiguous" connections to problem gambling behaviour

 

Young men are the most likely to use loot boxes - with young age and lower education correlating with increased uses

 

The study also found that many games use a "psychological nudge" which encourages those to purchase loot boxes in an attempt to instill the fear of missing out on limited-time items or deals.

 

https://www.ign.com/articles/links-between-loot-boxes-and-problem-gambling-robustly-verified-in-new-report

 

Another article telling us what we already know.

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