Apple: Developers Must Disclose Odds Of Getting Legendaries In Loot Boxes

Published on December 23, 2017

Apple has made massive changes to its guidelines for the App Store. After the implementations of these guidelines, developers must create the most number of adjustments. Meanwhile, one can witness a surge regarding the randomized loot boxes appearing, and the growth doesn’t seem to stop. The Cupertino giant, however, won’t allow these randomized loot boxes to take over IOS. As per the guidelines, the developers must be required to be a hundred percent transparent when it comes to providing potential gamers with loot boxes. This is about to effect some of the most popular gaming titles on the App Store at the moment. The list includes games such as Hearthstone, Clash Royale and even Pokemon Go.

Apple- Developers Must Disclose Odds Of Getting Legendaries In Loot Boxes

A report by Forbes quotes Apple as commenting on the matter as, “Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers before purchase.” Random loot boxes provided through games are quickly becoming a subject of significant controversy.

This issue received much attention after gaming title, ‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’ experienced a widespread fan backlash. Authorized legislators and regulators across the region, especially in places like Hawaii and Belgium, have argued that randomized loot boxes are nothing but a source for virtual gambling goods.

Without the need of an official classification, there are a lot of unsanctioned virtual products that can be exchanged in the procedure. Therefore, a need for transparency has been emphasized upon by these regulators. Apple, in its effort towards stepping closer to openness, thus, requires App developers to abide by these laws.

The guidelines do not talk about how the company expects the app developers to disclose these items. Neither does it mention the extent to which such details must be revealed. However, this sure is a step towards utmost transparency in the recent years.

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