This is a blood in the water situation. When a valuable but wounded target is found and those who used to ignore it jump on it for the scraps. What is that target? Gamers as voters. These mostly young people aren’t the best of voters. They belong to the lowest voting demographics. They are highly suspicious of any kind of politician or authority figure. In the same time they have a hobby they are enthusiastic about.
Catering to them is simple and doesn’t cost a dime of taxpayer money: ban things. Politicians love that. Ban abortion and the evangelicals love you. Ban refusing gay cakes and the liberals will love you. Ban Muslims, ban racist slurs, ban Holocaust denial… it’s a goldmine for politicians, because it can’t really backfire. It’s not like the economy will go down or some stock shark can speculate against it like an economic decision.
Video game bans are even better. There isn’t any group that would protect loot boxes or rigged matchmakers. Can you imagine a “lootbox lives matter” protest? This is Christmas for politicians: ban and get voters, no downsides. First just desperate fringe politicians jump on it. But when the big sharks will taste the blood, they will move for it.
Mark my word: one year from now, it’ll be illegal to sell anything random or powerful and it’ll be also illegal to not disclose major gaming concepts like how the matchmaker works.