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The DCMS believes that loot boxes are a form of gambling and that they should be banned in games played by children

A new report from a group of MPs is calling for a ban on the sale of video game loot boxes to children.

The MPs say big gaming companies have a duty to protect players, in particular children, from spending money on virtual items like loot boxes, as well as the potentially harmful effects of playing video games for long periods of time.

Head of the group of MPs Damian Collins says: “Loot boxes are particularly lucrative [meaning they make a lot of money] for games companies but come at a high cost, particularly for problem gamblers, while exposing children to potential harm.”

He added: “It’s time for [gaming companies] to be more responsible in dealing with the harms these technologies can cause for some users.”

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee report is now urging more to be done to tackle these issues.

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What did the report find?

An investigation into how games organisations are run found that loot boxes make up a huge proportion of money made by big gaming organisations, despite the fact that they can come at a high cost to players.

Following this, the group of MPs came to the conclusion that the sale of loot boxes to children should be banned altogether.

It also called for the government to regulate the purchase of loot boxes for all other players under a law called the Gambling Act.

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