OpenCritic labels games with loot box mechanics


The site wants to make it easier for readers to know when loot boxes are in play.

Review aggregator OpenCritic will now label games with loot box mechanics, it today confirmed.

After a pledge to do back in October 2017, the site is now ready to roll out said labels.

“While it’s taken us a little while to actually implement these changes,” the site admitted, “we’re proud to announce that we’ve finally introduced this new label.

“Games that use “loot box” mechanics now have a prominent notification.”

The site’s statement continues to say that the “OpenCritic team believes that loot boxes are a net-negative for the video game industry. Loot boxes prey on human’s generally poor ability to accurately understand and internalize probabilities, especially at the extremes. Rather than offer in-game items directly, loot boxes are used to mask the underlying cost of extremely attractive items.”

You can read OpenCritic’s full statement here. Already, games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, FIFA 19, NBA 2K19, Injustice 2 and Overwatch have been flagged as possessing loot boxes.

Stevivor is an outlet featured on OpenCritic’s site. You can find our reviews here.