Internet Law Bulletin: Loot Box Regulation in Australia

The Unsurprising Difficulty with Regulating Surprise Mechanics

The rise of the video game industry has, in recent years, been accompanied by the proliferation of loot boxes; video game features that enable players to obtain in-game packages containing virtual items which can be used to enhance an individual’s game play or experience. In this publication, Jamie Nettleton, Joseph Abi-Hanna and Brodie Campbell define the term “loot box” and provide a useful overview of loot box regulation in Australia.

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