The New Zealand Gambling Compliance office of the Department of Internal Affairs has said that lootboxes “do not meet the legal definition of gambling,” in a statement delivered to Gamasutra.
This news follows the furore caused by EA, and their approach to lootboxes in Star Wars Battlefront II’s progression. Ours is the latest country to share their thoughts on the issue, after Belgium’s launch of an investigation, and the state of Hawaii similarly following suit.
Trish Millward – a licensing compliance manager at the DIA – says her office has been following the debate. They currently believe that lootboxes don’t meet the legal definition of gambling under the 2003 Gambling Act.
We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
Thanks for the tip, Blair!