What is a Lootbox? The Story Behind Gaming's Most Dangerous and Delightful Addiction

by Colten Gowan, Christian Pearson, Miles Hackett, Daniel Rosen Apr 3 2019

Whether you like it or not – when you buy a loot box, you’re gambling.

Sure, it seems like you’re just harmlessly spending a few bucks on random skins. But what you’re actually doing is feeding your hard-earned money into an unregulated wagering system capable of inspiring destructive addiction.

Loot boxes are in-game chests that you can either pay for or earn through grinding a game.

Over the last few years, we've seen an an enormous surge in the popularity of loot boxes, but they’ve actually been around for a long time.

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