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MMO Business Roundup: Japanese lockboxes, POGO and Square Enix financials, and Prima’s end

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"The Good Times Are Over for Japan’s Loot-Box-Style Gaming Bonanza" - that's the brutal headline plonked onto this week's Bloomberg report on Japanese lockboxes....

Ireland signed declaration of concern but won’t regulate lockboxes as gambling

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Remember two weeks ago when a bunch of representatives from the Europe and US cosigned a declaration noting concerns over skin-betting and lockboxes at...

Guild Wars 2: Belgian players report gem-buying block, plus more on the bubble tea bans

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If you're a Belgian gamer, you should probably take a peek at your Guild Wars 2 account. Multiple Redditors and forumgoers from the country...
We never like these things.

International regulators co-sign declaration to investigate lockboxes and skin gambling

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If you thought Belgium and The Netherlands were going to keep on standing alone in the fight against lootboxes, you were very much mistaken,...
Kick it down the road.

UK researchers identify link between lootboxes and problem gambling

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Are lockboxes just another form of gambling? That depends on which government entity, scientist, lawyer, or doctor you ask. But maybe the question we...
No, our wholly predictable problems!

Dota 2 apes Path of Exile with transparent lockboxes for Dutch players

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Remember when the Dutch gaming authorities effectively threatened to prosecute prosecute companies like Valve for vending and trading lockboxes the government agencies considered a...

Three quarters of European gamers don’t even understand what the heck lootboxes are

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A new report on GIbiz suggests that most gamers are pretty darn clueless about lootboxes, which probably won't surprise anyone reading here. Researchers for the...
This is someone else's problem.

France’s gambling authority condemns but does not ban lockboxes

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The international community is becoming aware of the problems of lootboxes, and that means that laws are being formed in response to the business...
This is obviously someone else's fault.

Valve turns off lootboxes in the Netherlands for DOTA 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive

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If you were in any way hoping that the Dutch Gaming Authority's ruling about lockboxes would lead to a worldwide shift, it seems that's...

E3 2018: Nintendo thinks lockboxes are unfairly maligned, help ‘drive engagement’

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You know how sometimes, when nosy press asks you a question with no good answer, you're better off shutting up? And when they don't...

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

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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 ESA...

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

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

Belgian Gaming Commission releases full report barring gambleboxes in video games

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

South Korea continues to hand out fines for deceptive lootbox practices

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

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

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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...

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