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Taking Candy Crush from Babies: GOP Senator Seeks Loot Box Ban

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By CCN: U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is introducing a bill to ban what Variety calls, “exploitative video game industry practices that target children like loot boxes and pay-to-win.” Loot boxes are paid upgrades in video games that players can buy. One in-app purchase Hawley’s office called out by name was the $150 Luscious Bundle on Activision Blizzard‘s Candy Crush. “Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits. No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: there is

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