Venture out to your local gaming establishment and bring up loot boxes to hear a spirited debate.
Unfortunately loot boxes have become video games' most recent attempt to find new revenue streams as development costs increase and things like DLC don't sell as well as developers once hoped.
After years of use, and a few threats from varying governments and politicians, the three major console publishers are stepping up to do something.
PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo announced, via the ESA, that they are all working on new ways for games to reveal the odds of loot boxes in games on their systems.
This would only apply to new games and any updates that add loot boxes.
The console manufacturers aren't alone, several publishers are stepping up as well including: "Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Bungie, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast."
The ESA said 2020 was the aimed time period for this change. For PS and Xbox this most likely means within their new consoles.
To be clear this isn't a requirement by the ESA and is only on a voluntary basis. However with all three major console makers on board, along with the major names within the industry, this might just be the new way of doing (loot box) things.