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ESA president argues ‘video games never take money from a player and leave them with nothing’

GamesIndustry.biz has a fantastic piece illuminating the Entertainment Software Association's apparent game plan on lockboxes going forward. The publication recaps a lengthy talk...

Massively Overthinking: The case for rarity and randomness in MMO monetization

Last week, Guild Wars 2's Crystin Cox gave a monetization interview to Gamasutra during which she made one specific argument I wanted to...
The Quick and the Gay

Belgian Gaming Commission releases full report barring gambleboxes in video games

Back in 2017, at the height of mainstream outrage over lockbox shenanigans, Belgium became one of the very first countries to take the problem...

EA quarterly financials: Anthem due March 2019, record profits, and lockbox-gambling denialism

EA's quarterly financial report and investor call turned out to be a doozy this year with quite a bit of useful news. To wit: BioWare's...

Belgium orders Overwatch, CSGO, and FIFA 18 to remove lockboxes or face criminal penalties

Back in 2017, at the height of mainstream outrage over lockbox shenanigans, Belgium became one of the very first countries to take the...

Go down gamblin’: The Big Fish Casino game ruling in Washington spawns more lawsuits

So here's an interesting case that could impact online game development in the US. Apparently, a few weeks ago the Ninth Circuit of...
lol, valve

Dutch Gaming Authority calls out four games as violating its lootbox policies

If you had expected the Netherlands to be leading the fight against lootboxes, you may be more clairvoyant than the rest of the population....

SuperData examines the lootbox controversy’s effect on EA and the gaming industry

How big a deal with the lootbox controversy that finally hit the mainstream last year? Pretty big, SuperData argues. In a new blog...
Kick it down the road.

South Korea continues to hand out fines for deceptive lootbox practices

Nexon isn't the only Korean studio that has been targeted by the government and fined for dishonest practices with its online games and...
Fair's fair.

Nexon is fined for using shady lootbox ‘gachapon’ techniques in South Korea

If you've ever been frustrated over online games refusing to disclose the odds of winning anything in lockboxes, then get ready to do a...

EA is fixing Star Wars Battlefront II’s monetization mess (again): It won’t be selling lockboxes

Don't call it a victory - nobody wins forever in the Star Wars universe - but there's still reason to cheer in Star...

Extra Credits raises concerns over lootbox legislation

Just for the record, we are not the only ones engaged in the discussion and controversy surrounding lockboxes and lootboxes as of late. YouTube...
May foulness attend thee.

The ESRB proposes new microtransaction label, while Hawaii’s Chris Lee questions the ESA on lockboxes

The Entertainment Software Rating Board claims it's taking steps to solve the lockbox crisis, in part in response to bills before multiple state...

First impressions of ‘wizarding world’ MMOARG Maguss

If it weren't for my promise to write this article, I would have given up on Maguss in less than 15 minutes had I...
Money?

TERA introduces new lootboxes for purchase, and they’re full of money

A lot of games have found ways to play with the idea of buying gold, usually with some form of currency exchange regulated by...

New Hampshire senator Maggie Hassan has picked up the lootbox and gaming addiction cause

Up until now, the political grumblings about video game gambleboxes has been mostly limited to state governments, specifically Hawaii's Chris Lee, who submitted...

Dauntless argues ‘bespoke purchases’ are replacing the lockbox model

It might be tempting to think that the industry is doomed and that no studio will ever be able to ignore the siren song...
We never like these things.

German commission takes up lootbox issue as academics link whaling to gambling markets

Germany has added its voice to the anti-lockbox chorus in the US, UK, and Netherlands. According to an article on the German-language Welt...

Washington state senator proposes lockbox gambling investigation in new bill

Hawaiian politicians are getting some company on the lockbox front from a compatriot in Washington state. State Senator Kevin Ranker has introduced legislation there...

Game Theory explores the psychological exploitation at work in lockboxes

"It's as easy as one, two, insert your credit card number here!" So begins the parody at the beginning of the first of two...

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