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US Federal bill aims to outlaw micropayments and loot boxes in youth games

28th May 2019 8:52 am GMT

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has introduced a bill in Congress to regulate certain pay-to-win microtransactions and the sale of loot boxes in online gaming products.

The bi-partisan bill is supported by Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and aims to “ban the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot-box’ monetisation practices by the video game industry”.

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