The Australian Environment and Communications Reference Committee (ECRC) has released the results of a survey conducted on 7,000 gamers to see if there is a connection between gambling and loot boxes. The researchers found that loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling, although they are not sure if loot boxes act as a gateway to other forms of gambling. One of the recommendations is restricting games with loot boxes to players of legal gambling age. The public hearing files can be downloaded here. Previous articles about loot boxes investigations can be found here. Problem gambling is characterised by excessive, harmful, and often uncontrollable spending on gambling activities. The key similarities between loot boxes and gambling may lead to gamers who are already problem gamblers spending large amounts of money on loot boxes, just as they would spend similarly large amounts on other kinds of gambling. In this case, loot boxes would not be providing a breeding ground for the development of problem gambling so much as they would be allowing games companies to exploit addictive disorders amongst their customers for profit.