The Australian Parliament proposes rating changes for games with loot boxes and “simulated gambling”.
It seems that the Australian Parliament is trying to take some action against lockboxed games, or at least a half measure: The Australian government has put forward a proposal to change the game classification for certain titles, suggesting that games with lootboxes will receive an M -Rating and “simulated gambling” games are rated R.
Our favorite Australian tipster provides additional context on what these ratings mean: An M rating is recommended for children aged 15+ but is otherwise unenforced by law, much like the M for Mature label for games here in the US. The R label is far more restrictive, requiring buyers to be at least 18 years of age, similar to the adult-only rating for games here.
Readers may recall that these changes fall short of parliamentary proposals in 2020 mandating age verification for loot box purchases and new standards for online age verification; We also saw a bill last year by Australian lawmaker Andrew Wilkie to give games with loot boxes an R rating. In fact, Wilkie gave a scathing response to the proposal, claiming the Australian Parliament is failing to stop children from playing.
Muddying the waters further defines what constitutes “simulated gambling”. Mobile “social casino” apps, as highlighted in a local news story, may fall under these parameters, but it’s unclear if other in-game gambling mini-games would violate the classification flag.
It’s important to note that these are suggested changes for the country and not final, so so many things could change in the meantime, that doesn’t mean this is a developing story.
https://massivelyop.com/2023/03/30/australian-parliament-proposes-ratings-changes-to-games-with-lootboxes-and-simulated-gambling/ The Australian Parliament proposes rating changes for games with loot boxes and “simulated gambling”.