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UK LEGAL COMMENT


18s) would put players who are unable to purchase them at a significant disadvantage compared to their international competitors. Players of this game in Belgium are understandably unhappy with the removal of the opportunity to pay for new players and have apparently been seeking ways around the ban such as the use of overseas VPNs. The Committee’s wider comments on gaming and its risks to young and vulnerable players may, in any event, lead to restrictions being placed on video games which are not dissimilar to gambling regulation. The report mentions the games industry’s “responsibilities to protect their players from potential harms” and proposes an industry levy to fund research into online gaming. If the industry avoids regulation by the Commission, it may end up subject to a similar set of requirements and social responsibility obligations. Ultimately, if the Government decides to


take action to regulate loot boxes in some way, it will have major implications for games publishers and players in Great Britain, as well as creating potential difficulties around the classification of other games. Although the


38 OCTOBER 2019


Committee called for changes to be made in the next parliamentary session, or a statement made justifying retaining the current position, in reality this issue may not be addressed immediately. However, the DCMS report should be seen as a call to action to the video games industry to put voluntary measures in place to address the criticism, before a legislative response moves up the


Melanie is a gambling regulatory lawyer with 13 years’ experience in the sector. Melanie advises on all aspects of gambling law including licence applications, compliance, advertising, licence reviews and changes of control. She has acted for a wide range of gambling operators including major online and land-based bookmakers and casinos, B2B game and software suppliers and start-ups. She also frequently advises operators of raffles, prize competitions, free draws and social gaming products. Melanie has a particular interest in the use of


new technology for gambling products and novel product ideas.


Government’s list of priorities. The Entertainment Software Association announced in August that those publishing games for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony platforms will need to disclose loot box drop rates, but if the gambling industry’s experience with FOBTs is any barometer, much more significant measures will be needed to head off a change to the law.


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