عنوان انگلیسی مقاله:
Restitution of money spent on loot boxes in video games?
ترجمه فارسی عنوان مقاله:
بازپرداخت پول خرج شده در جعبه های نامشروع در بازی های ویدیویی؟
Sciencedirect - Elsevier - Computer Law & Security Review: The International Journal of Technology Law and Practice, 41 (2021) 105566: doi:10:1016/j:clsr:2021:105566
A loot box is a virtual item in a video game that contains a randomized selection of other virtual items which can be used in the game once the loot box is unlocked. As loot boxes have become widespread in modern video games, concerns are growing about their predatory nature and their similarities with gambling, especially since loot boxes are often purchased by minors. In this paper, we analyze whether private law offers a framework for protecting video game players, by allowing them to claim restitution of the money that they have spent on loot boxes. Such restitution is conceivable when the purchase of a loot box is an invalid contract. In this paper, we focus on two grounds of invalidity: incapacity (since loot boxes are often purchased by minors) and illegality (since, at least in some jurisdictions, loot boxes violate the national gambling regulations and may infringe public order).
Keywords: Online contracts | Loot boxes | Video games | Gambling | Illegality | Public order | Minors | Restitution