Apple updated app store guidelines to require loot boxes to disclose odds (see last bullet in 3.1.1)

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    https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/#in-app-purchase

    3. Business
    There are many ways to monetize your app on the App Store. If your business model isn’t obvious, make sure to explain in its metadata and App Review notes. If we can’t understand how your app works or your in-app purchases aren’t immediately obvious, it will delay your review and may trigger a rejection. And while pricing is up to you, we won’t distribute apps and in-app purchase items that are clear rip-offs. We’ll reject expensive apps that try to cheat users with irrationally high prices.

    If we find that you have attempted to manipulate reviews, inflate your chart rankings with paid, incentivized, filtered, or fake feedback, or engage with third party services to do so on your behalf, we will take steps to preserve the integrity of the App Store, which may include expelling you from the Developer Program.

    • 3.1 Payments
      • 3.1.1 In-App Purchase:
        • If you want to unlock features or functionality within your app, (by way of example: subscriptions, in-game currencies, game levels, access to premium content, or unlocking a full version), you must use in-app purchase. Apps may use in-app purchase currencies to enable customers to “tip” digital content providers in the app. Apps and their metadata may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase.
        • Any credits or in-game currencies purchased via in-app purchase may not expire, and you should make sure you have a restore mechanism for any restorable in-app purchases.
        • Remember to assign the correct purchasability type or your app will be rejected.
        • Apps should not directly or indirectly enable gifting of in-app purchase content, features, or consumable items to others.
        • Apps distributed via the Mac App Store may host plug-ins or extensions that are enabled with mechanisms other than the App Store.
        • Apps offering “loot boxes” or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.
     

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