China is forcing games with mystery drops to disclose odds
We all hate supply drops , loot boxes and other mystery drops or packs in games. We’ve all been really excited to open boxes or packs , then get let down with disappointing items. I can count multiple times especially on Overwatch when I get really excited to open up loot boxes , and then i get really terrible items.
China has recently passed a law that will make most gamers happy with supply drops , or loot boxes. Starting in May 2017 developers will be required by the Chinese government to disclose the probabilities of you getting epic items , or terrible items in games like Overwatch, Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.
Here are requirements for games like Overwatch (as translated by NeoGAF user chillybright)
2.6 : Online game publishers shall promptly publicly announce information about the name, property, content, quantity, and draw/forge probability of all virtual items and services that can be drawn/forge on the official website or a dedicated draw probability webpage of the game. The information on draw probability shall be true and effective.
2.7 : Online game publishers shall publicly announce the random draw results by customers on notable places of official website or in game, and keep record for government inquiry. The record must be kept for more than 90 days. When publishing the random draw results, some measures should be taken place to protect user privacy.
The only downside to these requirements, is that they are only required in China. Hopefully we can see these laws required in other places around the world, especially in places where gaming is popular such as the United States or the UK. Most gamers can easily agree that supply drops in Call of Duty are the worst thing that Activision have implemented to the game but, it will be a complete different thing to see the probability chances of supply drops on paper. Hopefully this will convince developers to increase chances of getting better items from mystery boxes, even if they slightly change the chances it would make a change.
Obviously they will just make these changes exclusive to China and keep everything how it is in the USA. If they make no changes to how the in-game mystery boxes work , it’s good to know the probabilities when you’re buying boxes or packs , with real money or in-game currency.