The report points out that the German Bundestag last Friday revised the 20-year-old youth protection law and implemented a more stringent grading system for games, hoping to avoid the influence of in-game monetization (such as micro trading and unpacking) on teenagers and children.
The amendment of the German Bundestag mentions that the conditions for more stringent classification include mechanisms with similar gambling risks, such as open box. Although the amendment has not yet been approved by the German Bundestag, if the German Bundestag agrees, games designed with open box will be classified as over 18 years old in Germany in the future, regardless of whether they are open box games Home console, PC or mobile game platform.
If the amendment is passed, many games may be affected. For example, even the FIFA series, which was originally classified as universal, may be classified as playing over 18 years old because it contains relevant elements. If the bill is approved by the German Federal Senate, it is expected to take effect this spring.