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Loot boxes and casino bonuses - How they promote commitment and should you be using them?

by Karishmak Tanna on 05/05/20 09:46:00 am

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Those of us who enjoy playing computer games or using online casinos are probably familiar with loot boxes and casino bonuses. These features are similar in that providers use them to attract people to their brand and make sure that they remain committed.

Of course, we do not need to use loot boxes or casino bonuses to play. However, there are sometimes benefits to be had from using them. The most important thing is to understand how these features are used by providers so that using them is a positive and not a negative.

But first what is a casino bonus?

Casinos use bonuses to encourage people to play their games. Doing this can make people more likely to choose a casino in the first place. It can also make it more likely that a person returns to play at the casino over time.

With this in mind, casinos provide several different bonuses for players to use. These include:

  • Deposit bonuses.
  • No deposit bonuses.
  • Free spins.

If we choose to use these bonuses, they can give us more opportunities to play and potentially win. It helps if we understand more about these bonuses. We can get more specific information, especially from the FAQ section here. For example, we should be aware that there are terms and conditions attached to bonuses that need to be met before any winnings can be withdrawn.

How is it similar to a loot box?

Loot boxes are similar to casino bonuses in one main way. They are used by video game providers to keep us loyal to their products in the same way that online casinos use casino bonuses. We pay for these loot boxes without knowing precisely what they contain, although we do know that they will add positive aspects to our gameplay.

There are various reasons why we find loot boxes attractive, including:

  • Getting excitement from what is in the loot box.
  • Having the opportunity to access skins.
  • Gaining advantages that allow us to advance in the game.
  • Access to free loot when we invest in a number of loot boxes.

Final decision, should you be using them?

We can see why online casinos and games providers use bonuses and loot boxes to promote player loyalty. These promotions are also often one of the benefits of playing video games or using online casinos.

In the case of bonuses, they can give us an opportunity to win extra cash. There is no money involved with the benefits of loot boxes. However, they can improve our game progress and make playing more enjoyable.

However, we need to remember that neither loot boxes nor casino bonuses are essential to playing. We do not have to use them. It’s essential to weigh up the advantages of using these features before we do so. This involves taking some time to research the advantages of what we are investing in. Doing this helps us to spend our money wisely without being simply drawn in by the provider.

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