/People with gambling problems seem to spend more on in-game loot boxes

People with gambling problems seem to spend more on in-game loot boxes

PFNC6H Cologne, Germany, August 21 2018, trade fair visitors play at Gamescom.

Heroes of the Storm recently removed loot boxes from the game

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Loot boxes in games allow players to pay for a mystery prize, which is revealed after they’ve handed over their money. The unpredictable nature of the transaction has led some people to say loot boxes can contribute to problem gambling. Now, a study suggests that this may be true, as when loot boxes were removed from a game the amount of problem gambling dropped too.

David Zendle at York St. John University in the UK heard that the developers of Heroes of …