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Video games are unlocking child gambling. This has to be reined in

Alex Hern Dec. 28, 2017

The system of ‘loot box’ gaming is perfectly pitched to profit from players and drive addiction, with all its associated costs ‘The practice isn’t considered gambling in most jurisdictions, leaving few regulations over where and how it can be implemented. 

In a tale of gambling addiction posted to Reddit shortly before Christmas, the numbers were as shocking as they were unsurprising. First the anonymous addict frittered away $200 (£149), in November 2016. Then $700 more, later that month. Then $300, $400, $1,500 … eventually, by December 2017, a credit card debt of $16,000, too large to be kept a secret any longer. It’s a painful narrative, one that’s not softened through repeated telling.

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