This bill was submitted by Zach Henderson MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, with amendments by Zach Henderson MP.
Microtransaction Age-Limit Bill 2019A Bill to put an age-limit on microtransactions in the United Kingdom.
Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
- A “Microtransaction” is defined as “a business model where users can purchase virtual goods with micropayments”
- 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
- 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
- Any company that does not oblige to with act will be fined £5,000 for its first offense
- Fines will increase by £5,000 per offense
- After its 4th offense, the company may no longer do business in the United Kingdom
4 Extent, Commencement, and Short Title
- This Act should be known as the “Microtransaction Age-Limit Act 2019”
- This Act comes into force on
1 January 20213 months after receiving royal assent (Amendment A)
- This Act extends to the entire United Kingdom