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French senator adds further concerns to Star Wars Battlefont 2's 'gambling' controversy

Vikki Blake

A French senator has contacted France's online gambling regulator detailing his concerns about the microtranactions in Star Wars Battlefront II. According to The Nerd Stash (via GameInformer), French senator Jérôme Durain contacted ARJEL (as well as other advocacy groups, including the organisation that represents France's games industry), proposing that loot boxes could be harmful to children. While he stopped short of advocating new legislation—and seemingly took time to praise "the advancement of gaming as a culture"—he did specifically cite Battlefront II's recent controversy as a point of concern, stating the correlation between an in-game character's strength and spending real-life money needed further investigation.

In reply to the senator, ARJEL's Charles Coppolani stated that the concern he "had anticipated in 2016" presents "risks for our fellow citizens and in particular for the youngest. These risks ar

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