What is it about?

This study has shown in a small sample that those purchasing 'loot boxes' in video games show comparable increases in arousal to those gambling with real money.

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Why is it important?

Many video games that have 'loot boxes' in them are rated PEGI 3+. Currently, some countries around the world have banned the sale of loot boxes due to the gambling aspects while others have deemed 'loot boxes' appropriate for the younger population.

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This page is a summary of: Are Loot Boxes Addictive? Analyzing Participant’s Physiological Arousal While Opening a Loot Box, Games and Culture, December 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1555412019895359.
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