A Hawaiian lawmaker plans to take steps to combat the "predatory behavior" of video game publishers, with a particular focus on the so-called loot boxes initially included in Electronic Arts' Star Wars Battlefront II.
Democratic state Rep. Chris Lee specifically called out the highly anticipated first-person shooter game in a video released Tuesday, calling the EA title a "Star Wars-themed online casino, designed to lure kids into spending money."
Of particular concern are the controversial loot boxes, which allow players to pay real money to buy in-game items to artificially advance their power levels.
"It's a trap," Lee said, invoking the famous line from the movie franchise.
Lee said children are psychologically and emotionally unprepared to gamble, a situation Lee worries could lead to online gambling addiction.
"We're looking at legislation this coming year that could prohibit the sales of these games to folks who are underage in order to protect families as well as prohibiting different kinds of mechanisms in those games," Lee said, adding that his office has been talking with legislators in other states with similar concerns.