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Links Between Loot Boxes and Problem Gambling 'Robustly Verified' in New Report


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A new report from researchers at the universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton have discovered that loot boxes "are structurally and psychologically akin to gambling.


"As reported by BBC, this new research was commissioned by the GambleAware charity, and some of the results discovered include the following;


Of the 93% of children who play video games, up to 40% opened loot boxes


About 5% of gamers generate half the entire revenue from the boxes


Twelve out of 13 studies on the topic have established "unambiguous" connections to problem gambling behaviour


Young men are the most likely to use loot boxes - with young age and lower education correlating with increased uses


The study also found that many games use a "psychological nudge" which encourages those to purchase loot boxes in an attempt to instill the fear of missing out on limited-time items or deals.




Another article telling us what we already know.

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