SourceThe American Entertainment Software Rating Board will stamp a logo onto games with micro-transactions and/ or other in-game purchases. The In-Game Purchases logo is placed on physical packaging and at download stores.
The labeling will “be applied to games with in-game offers to purchase digital goods or premiums with real-world currency,” the ESRB said in a news release this morning, “including but not limited to bonus levels, skins, surprise items (such as item packs, loot boxes, mystery awards), music, virtual coins and other forms of in-game currency, subscriptions, season passes and upgrades (e.g., to disable ads).”
So essentially the ESRB which provides the current age ratings for video games will now have a similar system to indicate if a game has in game transactions or not, and likely will have different ratings for different types of micro-transactions.
Thanks EA for helping to create some regulatory awareness for in game gambling!