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Will the FTC *Really* Ban Loot Boxes?

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2y Nov 28, 2018
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In this second episode of "Virtual Legality" attorney Richard Hoeg of The Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law), discusses the recent admission by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it will evaluate the sale of chance-based DLC (i.e., "loot boxes") in mobile and console/PC video games.

Discussion focuses on:

  • Polygon's November 27, 2018 article "FTC pledges loot crate investigation (update)"

(https://www.polygon.com/2018/11/27/18115365/ftc-loot-crate-investigation-senator-hassan)

  • The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act

(https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/statutes/unlawful-internet-gambling-enforcement-act)

and

*Kotaku's October 11, 2017 article "ESRB Says It Doesn't See 'Loot Boxes' As Gambling"

(https://kotaku.com/esrb-says-it-doesnt-see-loot-boxes-as-gambling-1819363091)

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

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.


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