May 6, 2019
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Video Game Loot Boxes May Encourage Gambling Addiction, Study Shows

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A new study suggests that loot boxes in video games may lead to gambling addiction. Researchers from the University of British Columbia found a strong correlation between loot boxes and the factors used to measure addiction to gambling.

A study of gamers of college age and based in North America found that the majority of gamers know of or have used a loot box. Most of those who were surveyed for the study also agreed that loot boxes are a form of gambling, contrary to the statements made by firms like the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) and other games industry bodies. 90% of players have opened at least one loot boxes and more than half said that they had spent money on loot boxes.

The researchers also had the gamers complete surveys connected to gambling research to…



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