Many free to download games offer players to buy virtual boxes, these contain a number of unspecified items. According to Tim Sweeney, Fortnite boss the game industry is making profits by causing harm to customers. Some of the games also have an online marketplace where players can buy and sell these items.
Popular games such as Fifa and Overwatch also offer in-game purchases built around random items. Fortnite has stopped the way loot boxes were used since 2019, it now allows players to see the contents before purchase.
The slot machine-style concept has managed not only to catch up with many free to download games but also includes the likes of as well as Mario Kart World Tour. Ever since the game was launched back in September has received intense criticism over its monetization features.
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Sweeney during his keynote speech at Dice Summit in Las Vegas said such practices were putting both players and the industry at risk.
He said, “We have to ask ourselves, as an industry, what we want to be when we grow up. Do we want to be like Las Vegas, with slot machines or do we want to be widely respected as creators of products that customers can trust? I think we will see more and more publishers move away from loot boxes.”
He further said, “We should be very reticent of creating an experience where the outcome can be influenced by spending money. Loot boxes play on all the mechanics of gambling except for the ability to get more money out in the end. We have businesses that profit by doing their customers harm.”
Epic Games managed to make $2.4bn in revenue in 2018, parents are not happy with how easily kids are able to make in-game purchases. Fortnite has around registered players worldwide and is free to download, but players are able to spend money on in-game purchases.
Earlier in 2018, Belgium banned the sale of video game loot boxed making it the first country to impose such a ban. Earlier this month two lawyers in France have filed a lawsuit against EA Sports, demanding to make the popular “Ultimate Team” mode in the video games series Fifa as gambling.
Players can earn or buy packs of cards featuring popular football stars while in Ultimate Mode. They can also sell unwanted items in an auction-style marketplace.