Australian Loot Box Inquiry Report Delayed To October 17

The Australian loot box inquiry was due to table a report yesterday, but the Senate has opted to extend the inquiry by another month for additional hearings and briefings.

The inquiry's report is now due to be tabled by October 17, and will be published online shortly after being tabled in the Senate. The delay comes after the inquiry held a second public hearing in Canberra, where Dr. David Zendle presented the findings of a study with 7,422 users looking into the effects and impact of loot boxes.

The study, which was co-authored by Paul Cairns and published in the psychological preprint repository PsyArXiv, recommended adjustments to the classification system to carry "parental advisories for games that feature loot boxes", as well as "a descriptor outlining that the game itself features gambling content".


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