PTC Applauds Sen. Hawley for Addressing ‘Loot Box’ Gaming Problem

Written by PTC | Published March 12, 2019

child_using_ipad The Parents Television Council praised U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) efforts to address the problem of video game developers’ monetization of compulsive behavior by kids. Sen. Hawley introduced legislation, “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act,” that would ban the use of pay-to-win and “loot box” monetization schemes in games directed at or involving kids. “We applaud Sen. Josh Hawley for his work to address a growing concern related to children and video games: Kids are getting involved in pay-to-win schemes and other in-game micro-transactions (often referred to as ‘loot boxes’) found within the games. This only encourages costly, compulsive and unhealthy behavior in children, and it creates an unforeseen financial risk for parents. It is wrong for game developers to target impressionable children in this manner," said PTC President Tim Winter. “We thank Sen. Hawley - and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) - for this solidly bipartisan effort to help families.” Additional details can be found here.

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