Overwatch loot boxes don't belong in gambling controversy, says Blizzard
They don't give you any boosts and you can't make money off of them.
There's been plenty of controversy over whether or not loot crates are a type of gambling, as well as reasons for including them in a game or not. Now, Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime has been dragged into the conversation and when it comes to Overwatch, Morhaime doesn't believe there's an issue with loot boxes.
“I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with crates that give you randomised items,” said Morhaime to Game Informer. “I think that whatever the controversy is, I don’t think Overwatch belongs in that controversy.”
Morhaime went on to note that without the ability to convert loot boxes into real-world money is what keeps them from being gambling.
"I think another element, in terms of the gambling question, the question in terms of that is whether or not you’re actually… There’s an element of converting back into real-world value. I think that’s a critical element, and that element does not exist in Overwatch loot crates."
Morhaime only commented on Overwatch loot boxes and what he believes keeps their loot boxes from being gambling. He even went on to note that Blizzard has 'avoided' offering any type of power advantage with their loot boxes.