Video game loot boxes are linked to problem gambling: Results of a large-scale survey

@article{Zendle2018VideoGL,
  title={Video game loot boxes are linked to problem gambling: Results of a large-scale survey},
  author={David Zendle and Paul A. Cairns},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2018},
  volume={13}
}
Loot boxes are items in video games that can be paid for with real-world money and contain randomised contents. In recent years, loot boxes have become increasingly common. There is concern in the research community that similarities between loot boxes and gambling may lead to increases in problem gambling amongst gamers. A large-scale survey of gamers (n = 7,422) found evidence for a link (η2 = 0.054) between the amount that gamers spent on loot boxes and the severity of their problem gambling… Expand

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