A new report commissioned by GambleAware has found that those who spend more than £70 (€82.00/$97.00) per month on loot boxes tend to be more likely to show higher signs of risk of problem gambling.
While the researchers from the University of Plymouth and the University of Wolverhampton did not carry out a survey into relationships between loot boxes and harm themselves, they conducted a secondary analysis of various previous reports into loot boxes.
This included six surveys of a combined 7,771 loot box purchasers, which found that around 5% of those surveyed generated around half of overall loot box revenue by spending more than £70 per month each.
These higher-volume players were also found to show higher signs of risks of problem gambling, as around one-third of this group reported a Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) score of eight or above, the level at which players are classed as problem gamblers.
In addition, the mean Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) score for th..