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ESRB Adding In-Game Purchases Label

Category: Gaming
Posted: 12:57PM

Loot boxes have been one of the more heated video game controversies of late, and now the Electronic Software Rating Board (ESRB) has revealed some of what it's doing about it. For anyone unsure, the ESRB is the group the examines a game's content and then provides age-related ratings based on what it finds, such as E for everyone and M for mature. These ratings also come with descriptors, so you can see why a game got a particular rating, and there can be other notes as well, such as if the game has online interactions. Now "In-Game Purchases" will be identified on game boxes as well, to better inform parents. This label will appear on the appropriate titles on game boxes in physical stores in the near future, and the labels will also be present where these games can be downloaded as well.

In-Game Purchases will identify if real money can be used to purchase premium currency or digital goods, such as bonus levels, skins, surprise items (meaning loot boxes and similar), music, subscriptions, season passes, and game upgrades.

Today ESRB is also launching ParentalTools.org, a website that is meant to serve as a one-stop location for parents to find more information on ESRB ratings and labels, and guides on setting parental controls.

Source: ESRB (pdf)

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Guest_Guest_* on March 01, 2018 23:24
I see it as both a good and bad thing for them doing this. Good because it warns parents and just the common joe that you can buy extra stuff if you want. Also a bad thing because now it is basically telling the game devs oh we now have a rating system that includes this. Hey now we can start making more and more stuff in the game pay to play because well the warnings are there on the box.

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