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Virtual Legality Episode 101

The Surprise Mechanics of the UK’s Troubling New Loot Box Gambling Report

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Are loot boxes gambling? What if your gambling commission says they're not? What if the law says they're not?

The United Kingdom is seeking the answers to all these questions and more with the latest report from their "Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee".

Speaking out against the UK Gambling Commission, the report's scathing language (and contemporaneous commentary) seeks not to change the law's existing language, but to reinterpret it.

The road to hell really is paved with good intentions...in "Virtual" Legality.

#UK #Gambling #Lootboxes


Discussed in this episode:

"Oh Hooooooeg, loot boxes are back in the news!"
Tweet - September 12, 2019
Joseph La Russa (@Joseph_La_Russa)
https://twitter.com/Joseph_La_Russa/status/1172142998550982659

"FIFA Furor! Why the UK may have just stopped Loot Box Bans (VL77) (Hoeg Law)"
https://youtu.be/vj053LPu93M

"Fifa packs and loot boxes 'not gambling' in UK"
BBC News - July 22, 2019 - Zoe Kleinman
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49074003

"Gambling Act 2005"
UK Public General Acts (Gaming, Section 6)
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/19/section/6

"UK officials call for loot boxes to be regulated like gambling
Engadget - September 12, 2019 - Georgina Torbet
https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/12/uk-government-loot-boxes-regulation/

"Immersive and addictive technologies - Summary"
UK Parliment Webpage
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcumeds/1846/184603.htm

"Immersive and addictive technologies report published"
UK Parliment Webpage
https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/immersive-technology-report-17-19/


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


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