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Some experts call it the ‘next era’ of gambling. Protecting kids from the harms of casino games won’t be easy

The federal government will move to apply an R18+ rating to all video games that contain simulated gambling as part of a proposal targeted at restricting children’s access to popular casino-style games.

It will also seek to change classification rules to require all games with paid loot boxes — where players can purchase a box with a randomised in-game item inside — to carry at least a “mature” M-rating.

That would affect some of the world’s most popular games, including the hugely successful series of FIFA soccer games.

There is mounting concern over the easy access children have to games with gambling elements given the links between people who play simulated gambling games and real monetary gambling. 

Some game developers have already phased out loot boxes, including in the popular game Fortnite.

Researchers have found that adolescents who play and spend money in simulated gambling games are more likely to have a gaming disorder than those who don’t play.