On reformed youth protection law was passed by the Bundestag. The law was previously introduced by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs with some amended sections. As a change, new regulations are intended to ensure that children and young people are better protected when using online and games.
As a result, the law aims to protect children and young people from gambling-like mechanics, associated costs and Impairment through gambling addiction
How Golem.de reports, experts come to the conclusion that the new legal situation could ensure that otherwise unproblematic games can play Age rating from 18 years receive.
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What could the reform mean?
Judging by the previous handling of manufacturers with special features in Europe legislation, loot boxes in their current form could disappear in some games from Europey. The example of the legally problematic swastikas in games in this country shows that publishers and developers can be prepared to bring games to the Europe market in an extensively revised manner.
But time will tell whether this will actually happen. Loot boxes have been the focus of legislators around the world for years. Among other things, Bavarian politicians called for stricter regulation as early as 2019.