A few days ago we brought you the news that Germany was looking into banning loot boxes. Well, it looks like Sweden may now be getting in on the action that Belgium started last year. During a discussion on Swedish radio station P3, Ardalan Shekarabi, the Swedish minister for public administration, said that they are taking a closer look at loot boxes, deciding how to classify them and whether new legislation is needed. He went on to say –
We are working to regain control of the gaming market as soon as possible and ensure that Swedish consumer protection rules apply to all actors involved in gaming.
I would like to start by asking our authorities and experts to look at this. Obviously, there are many people stuck in a game abuse and also end up in this kind of gambling and lose money on it.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this as AAA publishers like EA are not going to give up their lucrative cash-cow without spending large sums to lobby against any changes.