Around one in six children steal money from their parents to pay for video game loot boxes – in-game ‘treasure chests’ that award players random virtual prizes.
In a survey of British teen and 릴게임손오공 young adult gamers, Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) found 15 per cent had taken money from parents without permission to buy loot boxes.
Overall, one in ten – 11 per cent – had used their parents’ credit or debit cards to fund their loot box purchases, while 9 per cent had borrowed money they couldn’t repay for the addictive in-game feature.
Three young gamers’ loot box buying habits resulted in their families having to re-mortgage their homes to cover the costs, according to the study.
GHA is currently putting pressure on the UK government to class loot boxes in video games as a form of gambling.
Experts argue that ‘loot boxes’ in video games are a form of gambling.
One psychologist has said that the boxes, 릴게임알라딘 which regularly appear in games for children and can be bought with real money, are ‘literally slot machines’. Pictured is a loot box in the popular shooter Overwatch