This new rule from App Store came out after the loot box debacle from Battlefront 2 game that has been a hot topic at the tail end of 2017.
Just recently, as TouchArcade pointed out, App Store has added a new rule regarding payments and in-app purchases. In this new rule, apps and games that offers loot box must disclose the odds of receiving each item. It means that you may see some changes in loot box or gacha based games in the coming days.
The complete new rule is as follows, according to the App Store Guidelines section 3.1.1:
Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.
App Store has been known to change their rules according to the new dynamics in the industry. Their change (or addition) of policy has been on the side of consumers historically.
In recent times, there has been a problematic issue regarding the loot box in Star Wars: Battlefront II. It escalated to a level that even some governments like Belgium, UK, and Hawaii held a formal discussion on the disadvantages of the game, even pondering whether it is illegal or not. It may cause Apple to look further into this too, hence, the new rule.
This rule actually has been set in some Asian countries, but it hasn’t been the case in the United States.
This new rule surely will enhance transparency in the loot box or gacha heavy games. Will it be applicable on other platforms like Google Play, Steam, PlayStation, or Xbox? It will be interesting if so.
We will see how this is going to affect those games and how gamers will react through their spendings on games.
What does the Indonesian law say about the loot box system that has been highlighted for the past month? Is it gambling, a game, or undecided?