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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...
Darn.

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...

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...

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...

Lockbox roundup: MMO studios on ‘elegant’ lockboxes, legal issues, and the ‘cosmetics only’ angle

You know the lockbox thing is reaching saturation when there are so many things to cover we have to resort to a roundup. Nevertheless,...

How video game lockboxes use psychology to manipulate you

We here at Massively OP can't get rid of lockboxes, but by gum, we're not going to roll over and give up on fighting...
Good news, this isn't bad as it looks!

Destiny 2’s playerbase is melting down over holiday lockboxes in Eververse

Destiny 2 just can't seem to stop pissing off everyone. Its Dawning holiday event, detractors argue, is overtly designed as a moneygrab focused...

Apple now demands lootbox odds disclosures from Appstore games

No matter what type of mobile device you run as your daily driver, you're probably going to be surprised to hear that Apple is...

Gaming industry roundup: SWBG2’s poor sales, Gambling Commission, slot machines, and parody games

Don't agree that lockboxes, lootboxes, and gambleboxes were the biggest story of the year? We've collected so many news tidbits just on that...
WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?!

New Zealand declares lootboxes not gambling under the law

Are lootboxes gambling? It seems like such a simple question, but it really isn't simple from a legal or ethical standpoint, and the answer...

Hawaii state rep Chris Lee urges gamers to contact their local governments about lockboxes

Say you were a legislator concerned about the lootbox/lockbox gambling issues in gaming. How would you actually go about drafting a law that targets...

The Netherlands joins Belgium in investigating lockboxes as games of chance

Earlier this week, we reported on a move by the Belgian Gaming Commission to investigate lockboxes/lootboxes in games like Star Wars Battlefront 2...

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