Originally Posted by skupples
so they're mostly discussing mobile games, based on the way i read that, though they don't specifically state.
Also, I agree. I think that they should at most amend the existing gambling laws to include a subset for micro-transaction systems.
You should have to be 18 & go down to the casino to play a game that uses slot machine RNG in its P2W store
maybe a copy pasta from the bill:
B) in subparagraph (B)—
(i) by inserting ‘‘or minor’’ after ‘‘child’’ each place the term appears;
(ii) by inserting ‘‘or minors’’ after ‘‘children’’; and
(iii) by striking ‘‘website or online service’’ and inserting ‘‘website, online service, online application, or mobile application’’;
i'll spare the definitions listed at the beginning of the bill since they look rather obvious. but if interested here is a download link for a copy that was submitted
but i will point out the table of contents to show this doesn't have to do with gambling or really even loot boxes:
btw, i quoted a part of section 3. nor do i suggest anyone using a hand held looks at the PDF file - because legalese is hard to read small.
i'll try to put it in a nut shell, COPPA (which a lot of people doesn't know exists) states (generally) that online services that knowing deal with a minor (under 13) must inform their parents they posses and get consent to do anything with the minor's personal information.
as far as i see, there is nothing directly related to gambling, risk, reward, chance or random. to does look to deal with what that article on the hill summarized; extends the age to 15 (under 16) and gives the states' attorney general the authority to enforce the regulations along with the FTC.
(edit; also the "new" Youth Privacy and Marketing Division. - yay another do nothing gov. job!)
now i can see loot boxes and more in the line of micro-transactions being involved as any credit card information would need the parent informed and consent given to use it, as a third party is involved.
ya know a few will criticize parents and some times rightfully so, but since i don't think most parents can sit w/their child every minute while they're online, this does give them a tool to monitor (some of ) that activity.