Anyone who has followed the legal work being done to pass laws to protect children from Loot Box Gambling Mechanics, should know of Chris Lee. Chris Lee is a Hawaii State Representative who was one of the first representatives of any state in America to call out EA on Star Wars Battlefront 2. I mentioned in a previous article how he’s gotten 4 bills crafted to hopefully be passed into law to protect the children of Hawaii. Hopefully to prevent sales of any game with Loot Box Gambling to anyone under 21 and label them so parents are informed. He’s contacted many representatives, senators, and members of congress and brought this topic to their attention.
Gaming Industry Lobbyists
He’s lit a fire under the gaming industry and their lobbyists, who are usually quiet and discreet actually sat down with Chris. Companies like EA and Activision see what Chris is starting and are hoping to slow him down or get him to change his mind. So, Chris got to ask some questions to this Lobbyist and hear their side. I absolutely loved how Chris poked fun at EA with this statement:
“The Gaming Industry is now a 36 Billion Dollar Industry, which is sizable. Three times the size plus of the Movie Industry in this country. It’s rate of growth has been very rapid within the last 5-6 years. Which I’m sure provides a ‘great sense of pride and accomplishment’ to some of these companies.”
I think anyone who remember’s EA’s excuses for Star Wars Battlefront 2 will know what he’s referring to. You know, the most downvoted comment in Reddit history? Below is a link to the video uploaded to Youtube by Chris Lee. I love that, after the comment I mentioned above, the gentlemen with the beard tries to conceal his laughter at how Chris poked fun at EA. It’s about 4 minutes and 50 seconds into the video.
I also noticed how the Lobbyist tried to use the ESRB as a shield. He says that the ESRB is protecting children from games deemed inappropriate for them. Chris had to ask him specifically if the ESRB rates games while taking Loot Boxes into consideration. Why? Because Chris knows that the ESRB isn’t factoring Loot Box Gambling Mechanics into the rating system. He was more knowledgeable on the subject than the actual Lobbyist. Chris isn’t your typical politician. He’s also an avid gamer who remember what games use to be like before Loot Boxes and Microtransactions. He remembers games like Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye. His favorite games from the Nintendo 64.