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EA is testing transparent lockboxes in a FIFA game

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Remember two years ago when the ESA announced an optional new policy for the US games industry that would theoretically encourage games companies to...

EA insists it’s focused on ‘engagement,’ not monetizing FIFA players into gambleboxes

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Yesterday, Canadian outlet CBC published a massive Electronic Arts document leaked by a supposed "gaming insider" that seemingly confirms what you already thought about...

EA admits that ‘one or more EA accounts’ is involved in FIFA 21 trading scandal

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Last week our MMO business roundup report included word that there was some illicit trading going on between players and EA employees in FIFA...

MMO Business Roundup: ROBLOX’s IPO, NCsoft, Nexon’s next big thing, and FIFA’s latest scandal

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. ROBLOX: As planned, ROBLOX went public (publix?) this week, opening its first day of...

MMO Business Roundup: Theorycraft, My.Games, the FIFA fixing lawsuit, and Roblox’s latest concert

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Theorycraft: Could you found a new games studio on $37.5M? Yeah, probably. A bunch...

Judge enforces a Dutch government order for EA to remove FIFA lockboxes or face over $11M in fines

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This has been a long and drawn-out battle, so let us review: Back in 2017 when the outrage against lockboxes was at its highest...

EA’s advertisement of FIFA lockboxes in a children’s toy catalogue draws mounting criticism

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It would appear that Electronic Arts didn't learn from the last time it pulled this kind of nonsense, but apparently there was still fuel...
I blew things up!

Coronavirus concerns cancel SXSW, Minecraft Festival, and several FIFA 20 and Apex Legends esports events

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The spreading novel coronavirus aka COVID-19 has once more seen a number of gaming-related events cancelled or otherwise postponed. First off is the collective...

New French lawsuits accuse EA’s FIFA franchise of promoting illegal gambling

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None of the FIFA titles is a pure MMO, of course, but every MMO player interested in how monetization across the industry is being...

A prominent FIFA competitor blows the lid off of a match fixing scandal involving several pro gamers

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Imagine if several major teams from any large-scale sport in America -- take your pick -- conspired together to make sure they didn't face...

EA cuts sale of FIFA currency in Belgium in ongoing lootbox legal conflict

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Remember back in 2018 when Belgium cracked down on gambleboxes in video games, zeroing in on Overwatch, FIFA 18, and CSGO and ordering them...

MMO Business Roundup: FIFA lockboxes, anti-swatting policy, Fortnite on SNL, Free Guy, UO postmortem

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Whenever our newsroom gets overloaded with weird industry-related articles that nobody feels like writing, another edition of the MMO Business Roundup gets its wings! FIFA...

Belgium begins criminal investigation into EA’s noncompliance with gambling laws as lockboxes remain in FIFA

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Activision-Blizzard and Valve may have cooperated with European nations' lockbox demands, but apparently EA won't be playing ball. You'll recall that at the end of...

That EA and Nexon announcement is a FIFA-sized kick in the you-know-where

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Well. Talk about an intentional foul. That "mystery MMO" that EA and Nexon were teasing? It turns out that it was merely for FIFA Online...

The Daily Grind: Where are all the sports-themed MMORPGs?

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On those rare occasions when we mention EA's FIFA series, usually relating to court cases over online gambling, I'm always struck again by how...

FIFA YouTubers plead guilty to charges under UK gambling act

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Back in September, we reported on the UK's case against Craig "NepentheZ" Douglas and Dylan Rigby, the YouTubers charged under the Gambling Act with...

FIFA hackers charged with stealing millions in spoofing scheme

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Don't ever let anyone tell you it's just a game and exploits aren't a big deal: A group of FIFA players are standing trial...

UK courts prosecute first-ever case involving online video game gambling

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A British court case have arisen recently concerning gambling and online gaming that could set precedents for such future activities. In the UK, two men have...

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