Over the weekend there was yet another call for loot boxes to be banned from gaming, and this time it came from NHS England’s National Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch, who previously worked as a mental health nurse for 34 years. Her comments come as the NHS begins to open treatment centres for gambling addictions.
According to the UK Gambling Commission 55,000 children have a gambling problem, with the NHS stating that over 400,000 people may have a significant gambling problem. Additional data has found over 50% of parents allow children to play games rated 18 without supervision, and 86% of parents believed that allowing kids to play 18 rated games would have no influence. However, if was then found that 62% of parents had attempted to stop their children playing such games after they said they noticed problems.
What are your thoughts on micro-transactions in games? Are they a necessary evil or a problem to be eradicated?