Hawaii held a brief press conference yesterday with Democratic Representative Chris Lee taking the floor to speak on EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy. Things really are bad when the government steps in, and seeing a challenge coming from one of the fifty states that make up the US, doesn’t go unnoticed.
In the statement representative Lee states they are addressing the issue of loot boxes to protect youth, kids and anyone else that might be vulnerable to the predatory practices of online gaming. Lee says, “the game is a Star Wars themed online casino, designed to lure kids into spending money. And, it’s a trap.” They are addressing the issue to particularly protect kids who are underage from falling prey to the habits and allure that gambling can have.
Hawaii is already looking at legislation that could come into practice to protect the youth and families Lee is speaking for. They have already begun talking to several other states and other legislators who are looking into the same thing. They want to address these issues before it becomes normal practice for every game.
See the full statement below and let us know what you think in the comments below: