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Video game loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling

Video games are increasingly exposing young players to randomized in-game reward mechanisms, purchasable for real money — so-called loot boxes. Do loot boxes constitute a form of gambling?

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Drummond, A., Sauer, J.D. Video game loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling. Nat Hum Behav 2, 530–532 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0360-1

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