‘Gaming industry vets’ form ‘crisis’ coalition to fight lockboxes and ‘unscrupulous’ studios [Update]

    
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A group of “industry leaders and experts” have apparently formed what they’re calling National Committee for Games Policy (NCGP) – a “coalition to fight the lootcrate gambling crisis.”

“We made this decision in response to the current crisis regarding the expansion of loot crate economies and concerns about unregulated online gambling, but also as an acceptance of a long in coming decision that we knew would eventually become necessary,” the press release says. “Games are not represented or understood in the modern political and judicial world, and that needs to change.”

Setting itself apart from developer-oriented groups, NCGP says it intends to form a think tank and provide guidance to policy makers “where video games, politics, and law intersect.” It also declares its intent to form “the video game industry’s first, and de facto, self regulatory organization” that seems to have its sights set on defending devs from their employers.

“As an SRO, our purpose is to protect consumers from unscrupulous video game companies by investigating and bringing legal action against those companies that have damaged the public consciousness in some way, whether mental or physical. To do this we’ve enlisted the aid of game developer’s employees as well. By establishing the first video game industry whistleblower center, we’re able to help the video game industry fight things such as overtime pay. As part of our work as an SRO, we will release a quarterly list of companies who we have cited and the reason for citation.”

The group’s website is barebones at the moment; it lists eight men on the steering committee, representing gaming companies including Incuvation Games, Paralux Interactive, ESL, Black Shell Media, and MultiverseGames.

Source: NCGP website, press release
Update: It appears the skepticism was warranted:

The whole thing is a bit weird as the purveyor sounds dodgy and is known as a troll, he also claims links to the Trump administration and IGDA and apparently is a registered lobbyist.

In any case, I doubt this group will be helping in the fight.

Cheers, Tobasco!

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Jeffery Witman

Self-regulation under a system where continual profit growth is expected doesn’t seem possible, IMO. This lootbox/lockbox situation is clearly in the realm of gambling a la slot machines and video poker. We already have agencies that regulate such things at a state level. If we really want to deal with this problem in a way that doesn’t kill it completely, we need independent national or international regulations that the industry is forced to follow. I don’t know how that will happen in our current economic and political realities, honestly. Maybe we need to take a page from these guys and start a player/journalist based group that gives out ratings and analysis for people to use in making informed decisions while advocating for meaningful regulation of these practices.

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Armsbend

“If we really want to deal with this problem in a way that doesn’t kill it completely”

I’d like for it to be killed completely by law.

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Jeffery Witman

That’s an option, too, but you’re going to get a lot more industry resistance to that than you will from regulation.

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Ket Viliano

What you are going to get is a government agency that tells you what you can pay for in a game and how much. This would kill off any hope of business model innovation, and leave developers in the victim / target countries to languish while developers in less regulated economies would prosper.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

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Armsbend

I feel like they have made this bed and should suffer. Maybe we’ll all suffer.

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oldandgrumpy

The foxes always want to be in charge of the chicken coop.

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dixa

Oh goodie, just what American politics needs – another lobby

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rafael12104

You know what I hate? Trendy words or phrases. Around my office they are “out of pocket” to denote out of office (not cool to say that anymore), and the word “Optics.” (CNN loves it too) Why is this relevant?

Because I’ve been “out of pocket” today but the “optics surrounding this news is great for those of us that care!

Look, Mr. and Mrs Public wouldn’t know a dev house much less a dev name if it isn’t Steve Jobs. But what they do see is, BF2 being mentioned along side these lootboxes and gambling. And now, for those that keep on clicking their mouse, they will see there is a coalition against this practice.

That is a win gentlemen and ladies. I say, sure. Bring them on! And hey, do you have any friends with err… bigger dev names?

30 days ago their was no way to dull the shine off of Star Wars properties, today there is a slight smudge thanks to EA. And suddenly lootboxes are being discussed by mainstream media AND we have a coalition fighting against the practice? Are you freaking kidding me? LOL. I love it!

The optics regarding lootboxes are getting better and better, and I’m going to be out of pocket for the rest of the day.

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Melissa McDonald

be sure to leverage your economies of scale as you determine the best turnkey solution. And it needs to be disruptive, and viral.

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rafael12104

Lol! Your cube must be close to mine.

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K38FishTacos

Going forward
bring to the table
from the get go

….

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rafael12104

Lol. Bring to the table is definitely a common one over here.

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Scratches

Don’t forget, it’s important that we all bring something to the table, together, in order to hit the ground running on this….

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Utakata

Since this is a newly formed advocacy group for gaming ethics in the industry, I’ll reserve my judgement until they prove they are of substance and effectiveness. Or they simply making a name for themselves by being part of problem, while using vapid flowery words in the pretence of opposing lockboxes.

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Zora

Okay, people I admit being too ignorant to recognize… you got my attention.

Now… what is it that you are selling?

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bobfish

Who?

Also, didn’t Korea or Japan or someone try to self-regulate on the whole loot box thing and failed miserably?

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rafael12104

China, what they are implementing is transparency in the odds for starters. And there may be more regs after that. They do whatever they want so… who knows what they will do.

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April-Rain

This reaction is to try and stave off regulation from governments, self regulation never works and I would rather see law in place to protect minors and not the industry trying to protect itself.

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thirtymil

the video game industry’s first, and de facto, self regulatory organization

I don’t think they know how to use ‘de facto’.

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NeoWolf

I approve.