China’s new rules wants Games to publicize drop rates of loot boxes and dropped goodies.
Have you ever wondered what the drop rate for a rare loot box is?
As loot boxes and item drops have become more and more common for modern popular MMOs, China looks to have publishers and developers to provide public information regarding the drop rates and item odds of what’s inside these boxes in a new regulation that has been passed just recently.
Shared over at the NeoGAF forums by forum user chillybright, 2 inclusions of the said regulation state that:
- 2.6 …Online game publishers shall promptly publicly announce information about the name, property, content, quantity, and draw/forge probability of all virtual items and services that can be drawn/forge on the official website or a dedicated draw probability webpage of the game. The information on draw probability shall be true and effective.
- Online game publishers shall publicly announce the random draw results by customers on notable places of official website or in game, and keep record for government inquiry. The record must be kept for more than 90 days. When publishing the random draw results, some measures should be taken place to protect user privacy.
These regulations might greatly affect popular games such as Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch by, either just publicizing drop rates or by overhauling the stated games’ loot systems altogether to hopefully improve the odds of random loot boxes. Take note though, that the regulation is only applicable within China but even so the information regarding drop rates should be that hard to be made available worldwide in this digital age.
The new regulation will be taking effect on May 1, 2017.