Microtransaction Age-Limit Act 2019

2019 CHAPTER 27

An Act to put an age-limit on microtransactions in the United Kingdom.
Bill ID B025.2
Author(s) Zach Henderson MP
(on behalf of HM Government V)
Amended by Zach Henderson MP
First reading 2019 November 27
Royal assent 2020 March 18
Commencement 2020 June 18
Affected legislation N/A

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Definitions

  1. A “Microtransaction” is defined as “a business model where users can purchase virtual goods with micropayments”
  2. A “Loot Box” is defined as “a consumable virtual item which can be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of further virtual items, or loot, ranging from simple customization options for a player's avatar or character, to game-changing equipment such as weapons and armor.”

2 Age Restrictions on Microtransactions

  1. Upon the enforcement of this act, the purchase of microtransactions and loot boxes by people under the age of 18 without consent by their parent or guardian are banned.

3 Fines and Punishments

  1. Any company that does not oblige to with act will be fined £5,000 for its first offense
    1. Fines will increase by £5,000 per offense
    2. After its 4th offense, the company may no longer do business in the United Kingdom

4 Extent, Commencement, and Short Title

  1. This Act should be known as the “Microtransaction Age-Limit Act 2019”
  2. TThis Act comes into force 3 months after receiving royal assent.
  3. This Act extends to the entire United Kingdom