Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will force developers to disclose the contents of lootboxes

Next year, developers will have to change their policy regarding lootkosov.

What is known

American Association of Software Manufacturers andcomputer games (ESA) published a press release, talking about the upcoming changes in the industry. Judging by the report, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft plan to introduce a new policy on their platforms, requiring video game developers to disclose the contents of paid lootboxes. Gamers will not be told what exactly they will get from the “box”, but they will show the probability and rarity of the items dropped.

A similar system already works in some games. For example, in Destiny 2, a player can see a list of cosmetic items that can be caught after opening exotic Engrams, local loot boxes. In addition, Apple ordered the creators of games for iOS to disclose information about lootboxes in 2017, and Google Play introduced similar rules in early 2019.

In the future, such policies will be adhered to.Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast.

Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are still working onupdating the rules, but plan to introduce a new policy before the end of 2020. Moreover, developers will have to implement a system with a display of probability and rarity not only in new products, but also in released games, updates, DLC, and so on.