I strongly suspect this is just a group of friends with truly good intentions, but some lack of knowledge ('naive').
I would certainly support this group, but they are often prone to corruption in the long term.
Not me. Sorry, but I think the naivete is yours. I read self-serving wannabes out to score brownie points by whatever means possible. They have no backing, they have *no* standing. They have no competence. All they can do is scream "Listen to me!"
IMO, this political hack wannabe has gotten 99% of his credibility because of the coverage he's gotten.
@Math Geek: I think the reason there's been little or no regulation is, it's just been too low-key to notice. Yeah, I do remember a few years ago, when a kid ran up a very large tab from IGPs, and that led to some laws about IGPs and minors. But by and large, these have flown under the radar...like poker did. Like daily fantasy did. Until each *exploded* onto our awareness, and after a while, quite a bit of legal consideration.
And even if it is a form of gambling, it may be a form not subject to regulation.
But by and large, I think you're naming the solution. Don't buy the stuff. Beyond that, I would definitely support clearer disclosure of the nature of in-game purchases, and this probably should be codified.
But don't go giving the credit to this clown, if it happens.