What Parents Need to Know About Loot Boxes & Skin Betting

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What Parents Need to Know About Loot Boxes & Skin Betting

Published 29th July 2020

A free online safety guide on loot boxes & skin betting.

Some video games also off¬er what has been called “loot boxes” as a way to purchase these items. Similar to purchasing a pack of Panini football stickers or a Lego Minifigure in foil packaging, players don’t know exactly what they will get. They may get a common item that has a low value in the game. Equally, they may get a rare item that has a high value. These interactions are not considered to be gambling according to the UK Gambling Commission, although sometimes they have a similar appearance because the items obtained have no monetary value outside the game. Only games that contain simulations of real-world gambling have the PEGI Gambling descriptor. However, games that offer in-app transactions of any kind are flagged with the PEGI In-App Purchase descriptor on the box or at point of sale online.

In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as gambling, unregulated third-party communities and in-app purchases.

This is part of our Gambling Category.

Andy Robertson

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Andy Robertson

Freelance family technology expert for the BBC. He runs the Family Gamer TV YouTube channel and contributes to a range of national media on the topic of video-games and family.
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