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US legislator calls out EA's 'predatory practices' in Star Wars Battlefront 2

Andy Chalk

Belgium's Gaming Commission today declared that loot boxes in videogames are a form of gambling, and said that it would take the matter to Europe in pursuit of a ban against them. But interest in, and opposition to, the randomly filled digital boxes is gaining traction in the US, too. Rep. Chris Lee of Hawaii posted a video to YouTube in which he calls for "future protections for kids, youth, and everyone when it comes to the spread of predatory practices in online gaming.

" The video specifically addresses Star Wars Battlefront 2, the game that pushed the loot box controversy off a cliff. The title, for one thing, is "Highlights of the EA predatory behavior announcement," and in case there was any doubt how he feels about it, Lee describes the game as "a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money. "It's a trap," he says, showing off his Star Wars bona fides. "And this is something that we need to address to

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