it’ll at least work when it comes to coercing developers. remember when this topic first came up in the fall, and developers on twitter were furious because they thought everyone was asking them to take a paycut?
the games industry is uncomfortably good at fostering a culture where putting the blame on everyone but the people actually responsible is always the first option. it’s not that a publisher fumbled the gambling mechanic so badly that journalists and goverment officials are realizing that it’s a gambling mechanic, it’s that they’re taking your extra money away because the Evil Big Government and/or Evil Big Kotaku Writer wants to censor you, or whatever. never mind that the path an industry has to take to where this is required to pay your workers is an industry destined to cave in on itself, never mind that they’re actively exploiting literal children and gambling addicts in doing so, because they’re never told those part, they’re just told that it absolutely has to happen, or they won’t have a job anymore.
…which is also probably why they’re likely to be screwing themselves over with this one, because the people in charge of legislation aren’t in the game industry. it’s easy to get your own workers to rely so hard on what you’re saying when their jobs are on the line, it’s going to be a bit harder to convince lawmakers who caught you selling gambling loops to teenagers, and already held a bias against your industry for decades. if anyone involved here has any smarts, they should be trying to specifically narrow these laws down to this specific gamble-y brand of lootbox and cut their losses, because unless they get lucky, there’s going to be a much bigger industry-wide impact if they don’t