Alberto Hidalgo Cerezo
26 REVISTA JURÍDICA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN. N.º 47. ENERO 2019. ISSN 2254-3805
The digital revolution reaches all aspects of our life. Minors are no excep-
tion, and currently a large part of their spare time and social relationships
occur online, through social networks and video games. On a different level,
online gambling is a rapidly growing sector. This business model is perfectly
regulated after the promulgation of the Spanish Gaming Regulation Law of
2011, along its development regulations. The problem here is that some
gambling mechanics are being embedded into video games, putting them
within the reach of minors, through the so-called «loot boxes», «crates» or
«gachas». This is a very new-born phenomenon, in front of which doctrine
and authorities are beginning to react throughout the world, although the
response in many cases is still in a dawning phase. Through this work we
aim to portrait the legal and factual foundations of this phenomenon from
the perspective of the Spanish legal system.
Keywords: Loot box, minors, gambling, online gambling, illegal gambling,
responsible gambling, users and consumers, right to information, right to
1. SITUACIÓN DE HECHO, CONTEXTO EUROPEO Y MARCO NORMA-
2. ÁMBITO DE APLICACIÓN DE LA NORMA Y CARACTERÍSTICAS ESEN-
CIALES: ¿QUÉ ES UN JUEGO DE AZAR?
3. DESCRIPCIÓN DEL CONTEXTO Y DINÁMICA EN QUE SE DESARRO-
LLAN LOS JUEGOS DE AZAR ENCUBIERTOS.
3.1. Concepto de «loot box» o «caja botín».
3.2. Descripción de las mecánicas ocultas de azar a través de un caso real.