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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...

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...

Counterstrike: Global Offensive players in Australia get a year-long ban for betting on themselves

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It turns out that professional athletes placing bets on their own performances in games is generally frowned upon in most sports. This is true...
It sells the landing.

The Daily Grind: Does gacha have a place in MMO business models?

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Just so, so many of my friends are playing Genshin Impact these days -- and not just playing, but gushing over the fun, the...

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...

New UK parliament report recommends regulation of lockboxes as gambling

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Remember last month when UK lawmakers started making fresh noise about classifying lockboxes/lootboxes as gambling to protect children following multiple reports and surveys on...

Class action lawsuit alleges Apple promotes gambling via lootboxes through its storefront

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Legal moves are being made against the practice of lootbox monetization against one of the largest targets possible. A class action complaint filed with...
We never like these things.

PEGI adds lockbox warnings to rating labels

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That sure didn't take long. Earlier this week, we found out that the ESRB would be adding a specific content warning to games in...
Kick it down the road.

ESRB starts putting warnings about lockboxes on its game ratings

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You have to imagine that a lot of video game marketers have developed facial twitches today upon the news that they will no longer...

Player who claims a mobile RPG’s gacha mechanics were falsely advertised loses court case

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Fair game monetization and gamer spending are topics that are on the minds of many right now, and one of the more slippery monetization...
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Lawful Neutral: Examining the infamous MMO lockbox, 2020 edition

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I have a soft spot for paranormal horror. I love movies about demons, ghosts, hauntings, possessions. There's one particular movie from the early aughts...

UK parliament committee calls for ban on selling lockboxes to kids, deems games industry ‘wilfully obtuse’

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As gamers will recall, the UK government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel has been investigating addictive technologies for the better part...

EA’s infamous ‘sense of pride and accomplishment’ post now holds a Guinness record – for Reddit downvotes

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By now, we're all familiar with the 2017 comment by EA about how lootboxes provide "a sense of pride and accomplishment." The remark was...

Gaming psychologist Jamie Madigan explains what ‘surprise mechanics’ actually are

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We're all familiar with the "surprise mechanics" incident, the absurdist argument in defense of lootboxes from EA's VP of legal and government affairs Kerry...

Leaderboard: Does the ESA’s new transparent lockbox policy go far enough?

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Last week, just as the FTC's video games monetization abuse investigation got underway, the ESA announced that many of the major and minor games...

Researcher stomps the ‘lockboxes are Kinder Eggs’ defense into paste

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Most if not all of us pretty much felt the same way Dr. Daniel King, senior research assistant from the School of Psychology at...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

MMO Business Roundup: Video game gambling, toxicity, post-lawsuit reconciliation, and successful UX design

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Welcome back to another mish-mash roundup of MMO-business-related happenings that just don't fit in anywhere else. To wit: On game gambling: Remember the bizarrely bad...

Lawful Neutral: Mr. Krabs’ Wacky Bucks and currency in online games

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I used to watch Spongebob religiously. I loved the days when I could put on Nickelodeon and have Spongebob on for hours. One of...

UK’s Gambling Commission considers prosecuting video game companies that facilitate gambling

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It sounds as if the UK is preparing for a bit of a crackdown on video game gambling of the third-party kind. According to...
Kick it down the road.

Lawful Neutral: Why Josh Hawley’s lockbox regulation Senate bill is dead-on-arrival

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There's a special place in my heart for lootboxes and exploitative monetization, and that place is somewhere below the revulsion I feel for Martin...

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