After Apple supposedly allowed gambling through loot boxes in App Store games, they are now facing a planned class-action lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, the company is tacitly aware that loot boxes are gambling as it requires that creators disclose the odds of winning. However, it does not ask for a notification that loot boxes exist. In making it possible for an app deemed kid-friendly to include gambling elements, companies are allowed to set their own age ratings.
The Mario Kart Tour, FIFA Soccer, Roblox, and Brawl Stars are among the numerous games that lawsuit cites relying on loot boxes. The court case was filed by Rebecca Taylor, a parent whose child has allegedly fallen to the “predatory” tactics. Rebecca Taylor claims that her son has used $25 for purchasing iTunes gift cards to get access to loot boxes in the popular Brawl Stars game.
Taylor also stated that the son is accessing the game on mobile and iPad. Taylor has not revealed whether she had turned on the parental control feature available on the app. Apple users can make use of this feature to make sure that their children do not get to buy online content without their parents’ permission.
The complaint suggests, “Not unlike Big Tobacco’s Joe Camel’ advertising campaign, Apple relies on creating addictive behaviors in kids to generate huge profits for the company. Over the last four years, Defendant’s App Store games have brought in billions of dollars, even though the vast majority of the games are free to download.”