US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced he is introducing a bill that would potentially bar the sale of loot boxes in certain video games. If enacted, Hawley’s bill, called The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, would ban loot boxes and other such microtransactions in titles targeted at minors, likening the business model to addiction.
“Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits,” Senator Hawley said in a statement. “No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: there is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices. When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”