Anti-lootbox Senator claims gaming lobbyists are getting worried; Nintendo pulls mobile titles from Belgium over lootboxes


It’s a day that ends in “y” and so that means some fresh lootbox-related news to share with you fine folks!

First up is an interview with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, who took a moment to talk about his efforts to pass legislation against lootbox and pay-to-win microtransactions. In the interview, Hawley addressed concens that the legislation proposal was nothing more than a publicity stunt and that it wouldn’t get much traction in US Congress. He also says that video game industry lobbyists have halted him and expressed their dismay at his proposal — an indication, says Hawley, that he’s on the right track:

“They’ve certainly expressed their, shall we say, concern over this legislation. But I think that’s probably a good indication that we’re getting somewhere.”

Meanwhile, in Belgium, The Big N has elected to halt service for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes on Tuesday, August 27th. The decision comes as a result of “the unclear situation… regarding certain in-game revenue models,” which is a reference to Belgium’s own crusade against gambleboxes; you’ll recall the country has named and shamed a number of high profile companiesover the business model, which you can get caught up on in the roundup below.

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