Gaming is a big part of many young people’s lives. It can be fun, social and educational. As parents and whānau it’s important that we know what’s in the games our rangatahi are playing.
This page contains advice and answers to frequently asked questions for parents and whānau who want to understand what a loot box is.
What is a loot box?
Loot boxes are virtual containers holding random items that you can use in some video games – items like a new character outfit, weapon, or special ability.
Often these games encourage players to spend real world money on loot boxes, though they can sometimes be earned by playing the game.
When a player pays for a loot box they are essentially buying the chance to win a desirable item, but there’s no guarantee they will get it and actually good items are rare.
In this way, loot boxes are psychologically similar to conventional forms of gambling.
Remember, playing a game should be fun, not something that makes your child feel stressed or sad.