Loot Boxes are a very contentious topic in gaming. Paying real money for a randomised item has raised a lot of concerns around ethics and transparency. In fact, government bodies are beginning to look into the Loot Box mechanic and legislate them along similar lines as gambling legislation, even here in Australia. One thing players and regulators alike are beginning to ask more and more is for accurate disclosure of what you can get from these Loot Boxes. Knowing the odds of getting any single item in a Loot Box is a big win for transparency and helps to move the Loot Box into more ethical realms.
It looks like Riot Games agrees with this thought process because they have officially gone on the record to reveal the odds of getting any item from their Hextech Crafting Boxes. The full reveal can be viewed here.
It’s worth noting that “All skins in the system have the same odds of dropping. Any given ultimate skin is just as likely to drop as a cheaper skin”. The post also goes on to provide further details including systems put in place to prevent players from being on the receiving end of some bad luck – “You can’t open three chests in a row without dropping at least one skin shard”.
Overall it’s a great bit of transparency for League of Legends players who should check out the reveal linked above. For those who aren’t battling for supremacy on Runeterra, this bit of news is just a positive example for an industry that is still in the midst of Loot Box controversy. If the world’s biggest game can do it then hopefully other games will follow in League of Legends’ footsteps.