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Impermissible transactions in a virtual game

Fatwaa ID: 2119

Question:
Assalamu alaikum Mufti Saab,

Many of our kids play computer games where they have to purchase items in the game with real money.

For example, the player will use real money to buy their video game character clothes, a shield, a horse, etc. Each virtual item has a real money price based on it’s usefulness.

These games also have “loot boxes” available for purchase. The player buys a loot box with real money, but does not know what in-game item is in the loot box. It is randomly decided.

From the loot box, the player might end up getting a cheap item, or they might get an expensive item.

Would this be considered gambling? The item from the loot box is virtual and only in the game, but the money used to purchase the loot box is real.

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, what is haraam and impermissible in the real world will also be regarded as haraam in video games and in the virtual world. Accordingly, it will not be permissible to purchase the mystery loot box in the game due to the gambling nature as well as the ambiguity in the sales. This prohibition will be applicable whether one is purchasing with real money or game money.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/01/1445 AH – 02/11/2024 CE | AMG1-3740

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


Kindly refer to the following fatwaas regarding video games:
https://askimam.org/public/question_detail/28417

https://askimam.org/public/question_detail/43468

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