Odds for loot box prizes must be disclosed in App Store

Apple has a new stipulation for app developers who have decided to offer so-called “loot boxes” — essentially a random draw for items ranging in quality and class.

Those who need to make an in-app purchase in order to get a loot box must have a table of odds for receiving “each type of item” prior to purchase. Seeing those odds may temper users’ desire to overspend on such items.

There has been considerable debate as to how loot boxes should be handled by publishers in the wake of EA’s controversial mechanism in its game “Star Wars Battlefront II” — using loot boxes as a way to achieve power-ups early on in the game than intended.

This change from the App Store was subtle and unannounced. There’s no word from the Google Play Store if it will regulate loot boxes similarly.

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