The UK Conservative Party says that it wants to tackle issues surrounding loot boxes. In its new manifesto, launched last week, the party said that potential changes will come as part of a review of the Gambling Act 2005.
The comments come under the Conservative’s plan to “support all victims of crime.” The party pledges that “we will legislate to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.” Much of that is based around protecting vulnerable people, but the manifesto also states that “given how the online world is moving, the Gambling Act is increasingly becoming an analogue law in a digital age.”
“We will review it, with a particular focus on tackling issues around loot boxes and credit card misuse.” The manifesto doesn’t go into more detail around how it will tackle these topics, but recent legislation has seen other EU nations, such as Belgium, take a firm line on loot boxes leading to outcomes such as EA not selling FUT points in that country.
Labour’s manifesto doesn’t directly reference loot boxes, but does promise to “enforce a legal duty of care to protect our children online.” It also states that it will “introduce a new Gambling Act fit for the digital age, establishing gambling limits, a levy for problem gambling funding and mechanisms for consumer compensations.”