Mia Gardner | 07 Jan 2019
Discussions about how far Skin Gambling and Loot Boxes go into the world of betting and winning have been held for some time. Mystery Boxes are similar to Loot Boxes in that you pay money for them before you know what they contain.
You pay a set fee and could get something worth a lot less, such as a plastic toy, or a lot more. Rolls Royces and other luxury items are common. Essentially you are paying money and hoping you will profit from unpredictable events, and in this sense they are the very definition of gambling.
Jake Paul partnered with one of the companies marketing these packages, which is actually called Mystery Boxes. He produced a 13-minute promotional video, explaining the benefits of them. More than 1. million viewers have watched it, and it as earned 53,000 likes and 18,000 dislikes. In the comments section, some serious criticism is levelled at Paul for promoting gambling to his younger fans.
These opinions from average bettors as well as fellow YouTube stars such as Daniel “Keemstar” Keem. Keem took to Twitter to vent about the affiliation, saying he had also been approached by the company for endorsement, but had turned them down because he was concerned that they constitute gambling.
The argument that Mystery Boxes are not gambling hinges on the same point as the case for Loot Boxes; that you are always getting something, irrespective of its value. Proponents might also say that you are paying for the excitement that you feel as you wait to see what your reward is. On the other hand, this could be seen as very similar to what happens as you wait for the reels of a slot machine to stop spinning. At this stage, we don’t know what the long-term effects are on the psyche, but they could be nothing more than bigger and better lucky packets. Only time will tell.