In-game spending should be regulated by gambling laws and so-called loot boxes banned entirely for children, MPs say.

The industry’s UK trade body responded it would “review these recommendations with utmost seriousness”.

But the committee of MPs had accused some of those who had given evidence of a “lack of honesty and transparency”.

Free video games often encourage players to buy virtual loot boxes, which contain an unspecified amount of items to improve further game-play.

Some games have associated online marketplaces where players can trade or sell these items.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s inquiry into addictive and immersive technologies heard stories of young adults who had built up debts of thousands of pounds through spending in games. Jagex, the company behind online game RuneScape, admitted players could

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