Are loot boxes in video games considered gambling?

This is a rather hot topic in the video game industry nowadays. With the amount of popularity the gaming industry has today and the amount of money circulating it, it’s nothing strange that, for large companies, most of the motivation when creating games simply comes from wanting to make money. Now, this is by no means a bad thing in itself considering companies exist to make a profit and we are in no way condemning them for trying to do their job. A high ranking executive often doesn’t concern himself with gameplay, story, immersion, or graphics because, ultimately, that is not what he’s hired to do, the same way a game designer tries hard to make the best game possible within the budget constraints and in agreement with the management which is why there is surely often internal conflict. Everything needs to stay in balance. A game must earn enough…

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