Video game developers are reaching out to different governments and regulators for cracking down on loot boxes. Capcom, the developers of games like Street Fighter and Resident Evil, has expressed that they have no interest in the lucrative money-making machine.
In the 2020 Annual Report, Capcom has declared its clear intent of minimizing, if not eliminating from the market. In the Japanese game market, discussions are going on for several years on the problem of gacha or lottery-style game mechanics, mostly in mobile games.
In some countries, gacha-like loot boxes have been banned in some countries.
There have been many discussions and oppositions, but Capcom has not stopped. With the release of Resident Evil in 2020 and Devil May Cry 5, the loot boxes were still there.
In May 2019, Nintendo announced that they would not support loot boxes for customers in Belgium where it is regulated. EA is also reported to be working on the same line.
Capcom said that they believe in pure fun and do not want really want to mix the gambling excitement to it. In a statement, it added,
“In principle, we minimize gacha elements in the mobile games we develop; in our home video games, we provide any content required to enjoy the full game free of charge, while offering some additional content at low cost. ”