A US politician has condemned the “predatory practices” seen in games that feature loot boxes or crates.
Games use them to give random rewards and they are acquired either through gameplay or by spending real cash.
Hawaiian state representative Chris Lee said games using boxes resembled casinos and called for laws to limit their use.
The condemnation comes as Belgian gambling regulators investigate the growing use of in-game rewards.
In a statement posted to YouTube, Mr Lee singled out the use of loot boxes in Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront II game.
He called the game a “Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money”.
‘Optional feature’
EA responded to Mr Lee’s criticism via a statement released by the Entertainment Software Association.
It said the crates were not gambling and it was a gamer’s …