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Australia Rules That All Microtransactions Must Be Added to Video Game Box Art



The Australian government have always been somewhat forceful when it comes to their legislation surrounding video games. Many popular games have been banned there (though some of these decisions were overturned) including games in the Grand Theft Auto series, Hotline Miami 2, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Fallout 3. One of the most recent changes to legislation in regards to video games in Australia focuses on the box art of physical copies of games. The ratings board in Australia has ruled that any physical copy of a game sold must mention any in game purchases that the game offers- better known as microtransactions-on the box art.

The new classification system in Australia can be seen on the box art for the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers.

Reddit user BeforeJam posted the news before anything was officially announced. The news is legitimate though as BeforeJam also posted links to the official classification information from the Australian government website.  The information is now required by law in Australia and so any physical box art will look as it does in the image above. This legislation has been put in place for any games submitted from May onwards and includes titles such as FIFA 21, MADDEN NFL 21 and Marvel’s Avengers, as shown in the image above.

This change comes from the huge controversy surrounding microtransactions in video games. There has been a significant debate surrounding them as well as government enquiries in regards to the legality of them. Microtransactions are a big money maker in the games industry, so banning them entirely could be a huge blow to game companies. However, classifications such as the ones that Australia are implementing could be an effective way to manage microtransactions and make sure that parents are aware that their children may be susceptible to in-game purchases. Only time will tell as to whether other countries will follow suit but I personally feel like this a good and necessary step when it comes to microtransactions.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete