Micro-Transactions Campaign Response
Re: Gaming Micro-Transactions
Having researched the issue of micro-transactions, there seems to be a lot of oversight, making it easy for online games and apps to exploit their users.
During the 2010-2015 Conservative- Liberal Democrat Coalition Government, there was a petition submitted to regulate Micro-Transactions and App Purchases but it did not gain much momentum, likely due to the lack of knowledge on the issue at the time.
The games create addictive scenarios, whereby if additional purchases are made, one can advance in the game. This pattern can quite easily be compared to gambling as it creates an environment where it draws you in and encourages unnecessary spending.
David is certainly against gambling of all forms and these micro-transactions do seem to be an unregulated 'loophole', that needs correcting. The NHS has information for people who are addicted to gambling and have highlighted that it can have far reaching consequences. Gambling has been linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as hindering relationships and contributing to serious debt.
David backs any legislation that supports people by enforcing regulations on any type of gambling, especially the type that targets vulnerable people.
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