Fortnite to stop selling controversial 'loot boxes' after claims they were like "gambling for children"

Fortnite will now show users the contents of paid loot boxes before they purchase them, following long-running comparisons to gambling. 

Loot boxes provided random virtual objects, such as weapons, in the Save The World version of the game, costing $9.99 (£7.99) of the game's V-bucks currency. 

The uncertainty of what may be in the boxes, known in Fortnite as V-Buck Llamas, caused some people to liken the practice to gambling, and led to a petition in 2017 being signed by more than 16,000 people demanding that such practices in video games that target children fall under gambling laws.

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