The UK Government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee will examine the broader scope of technologies and their potential to create dependence by asking experts to comment on the issue. Booty Boxes specifically mentioned in the notice, consideration of the link between the randomized content of the gaming boxes that may be purchased may be related to gambling notice of investigation.
"The survey will examine the development of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, and the potential impact they could have on the world of sport, entertainment and information." said the Parliament. website. "The survey will also examine the effects of the addictive nature of certain technologies on user engagement in games and social media, especially among the youngest."
Parliament is currently accepting written submissions of evidence for the investigation. Some contributions of this type have already been published on the website, including a letter from a player who compared the smart box system "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" to a real and written slot machine that he spent between £ 800 and £ 1,000 a year on "FIFA" in adolescence. The complete list of published written evidence from the community is available right here. Naturally, the opinions of the public vary widely and the written evidence presented offers different perspectives on whether certain aspects of the game, such as surprise boxes, are addictive or harmful.
"[The committee] has heard divergent views on the nature and extent of gambling disorders and discussed the evidence base needed to develop sound policies on the issue, "according to a parliamentary press release.
The United Kingdom is not alone in its concerns regarding booty boxes. the The US Federal Trade Commission will hold a public workshop later this year to discuss the issueaccording to a letter from the chairman of the commission, Joseph Simons.
"… we are planning a public boot box workshop, which will be a non-police option later this year," Simons wrote. "A workshop could provide a forum for stakeholders from a wide variety of perspectives, including consumer organizations, parent groups and industry members. It could also help to obtain information to guide subsequent activities with consumers, which could include a consumer alert. "
Concern about the "gambling disorder" drew public attention last summer when World Health Organization proposed the addition of the disorder its international classification of diseases.
Witnesses to the investigation will be Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, Dr. Daria Kuss of Nottingham Trent University and Dr. David Zendle of York University. St. John.
The investigation will take place at 14:30. British time on Wednesday, February 27 at the Grimond Hall of Portcullis House.