June 4, 2020
senate bill bans paid kids' games loot boxes

US Senate Takes a Step Toward a Ban on Loot Boxes in Games Targeted Toward Children

The United States Senate has introduced a bill which would prohibit kids’ games from offering paid loot boxes and other elements…

Previous reports cited efforts to place a ban on paid loot boxes in games marketed toward children. Now, the United States Senate has taken a real step in furtherance of that goal.

US Senate Bill Bans Paid Kids’ Games Loot Boxes

Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri introduced a new bill, the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.”

The bill, if passed by the Senate, would prohibit games from offering paid loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics, as well as other exploitative elements in games aimed at individuals under the age of 18.

The Federal Trade Commission would enforce the rules as unfair trade practices. Meanwhile, state attorney generals could bring legal action against companies.

A similar bill in the House of Representatives. But, there’s no guarantee either chamber will ultimately pass the measures or POTUS would sign the bills into law.

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