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The UK Gambling Commission has not connected loot boxes with gambling

Postby bmh67wa » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:27 pm

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The UK Gambling Commission published a report this week which found that three in ten children, out of the 2,865 polled, had opened a loot box in a game. It did not, however, find a link between loot boxes and gambling.

“Loot boxes part of growing child gambling problem reveals UK study,” Metro claimed.

“The commission also raised concerns that close to a million young people had been exposed to gambling through ‘loot boxes’ in video games or on smartphone apps,” the BBC reported, tying loot boxes to the growing number of under-age gamblers.

What the Commission's report actually found was that the most common gambling activities are making private bets with friends, National Lottery scratchcards, slot machines and playing cards for money with friends. Even were the report to conflate online gambling with loot boxes, which it does not, online gambling rates are relatively low.

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