Stop Electronic Arts and similar companies encouraging young gamers to gamble

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There are many developers who produce games simply to entertain, but there are those who create games, or alter existing games, to generate a consistent flow of income via "micro payments". There are others, like Electronic Arts, who produce games where these micro payments are really very large indeed, and also target these games at children and teenagers- those who are least likely to be able to make educated decisions about whether these payments are worthwhile, and also those who are generally dependent on others to pay them. 

Investment of private family money in these larger payments also causes a gambling culture to arise amongst those who are least likely to be able to deal with it. The advantages given by these payments are often extremely questionable, with large amounts of press having been given to discrediting their worth. The money invested is basically soaked up by the game manufacturer, and has no real outward worth to the player at all.

Of course, children and teenagers would never be permitted entry to a casino, but in this situation, the casino is coming to them and effectively swallowing them up. It's a distasteful, immoral and insidious process and is resulting in clear negatives for everyone who comes into contact with it. 

It's unclear how this could be stopped, but it needs to be analysed, addressed and legislated for appropriately. At the moment, very little is said or done publicly about what amounts to a process of financial exploitation, and so we need numbers to get behind this so it can be discussed in parliament, and hopefully resolved for the better.



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