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Economist argues that the ESRB is wilfully promoting gambling to children

If you've been following the lockbox/lootbox controversy over the last couple of weeks (or last multiple years, ahem), then you know that...

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II and Phoenix Labs’ Dauntless walk back lockbox plans

Hey, you folks who say complaining about lockboxes never changes anything? You're demonstrably wrong. It turns out that EA, which increased its revenues...

Hyperspace Beacon: Star Wars The Old Republic’s cash shop is finally on the right track

Many of you will immediately turn to the free-to-play model of Star Wars: The Old Republic and reject my even thinking about the...

Twitch is now dispensing Halloween lockboxes in exchange for donations to streamers

Hey, since it's absurdity week, let's just roll with it: Twitch is getting in on the lockox/lootcrate/gamblebox action, making every streamer and channel...

MMO blogger dives into the theoretical math behind lockboxes

MMO blogger Serrenity, whom many of you will recognize from his clever comments here on MOP too, has a compelling blog post...

UK lockbox gambling regulation petition receives baffling government response

A formal UK petition requesting that video game gambling laws be adjusted to include language covering lockboxes passed 10,000 signatures earlier this week,...

UK lawmakers examine lockboxes, PEGI leaves definitions to gambling commissions

The ESRB may not be interested in protecting gamers against predatory business model practices like lockboxes, but European regulators may be joining...

But seriously, lockboxes suck, even if the ESRB doesn’t think they’re gambling. Stop buying lockboxes.

So, MMO players. Are you tired of hearing about lockboxes and gambleboxes? It feels like we've been complaining about them for like six or...

The Daily Grind: Are MMO lockboxes actually even worse than gambling?

MMO blogger Ethan "Isarii" Macfie made an interesting point in one of his recent Critical Writ videos that I think deserves some...

Warframe posts drop rates for all its loot, hoping to ‘start a trend’

Warframe's Digital Extremes is joining the very small list of online game developers being transparent about just what's in their lockboxes,...
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City of Titans on endgame, alting, PvP, business models, lockboxes, and whales

The first and most-backed City of Heroes successor City of Titans has a couple of dev pieces out this month answering questions...
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Overwatch: Hero leaks, lockbox probabilities, and Korean political humor

As Asian countries are cracking down on online games with lockbox gambling, gaming companies are complying with transparency. To wit: Blizzard's Chinese Overwatch...

Academics and addiction experts weigh in on ‘pay-to-loot’ gambleboxes and lockboxes

"Pay-to-win" is old news now -- game designers' new plan for hoovering all the cash out of our wallets is "pay-to-loot." According to IGN's...

Here’s what’s in Neverwinter’s Cloaked Ascendancy lockboxes

One of the many content chunks and upgrades landing in Neverwinter when Cloaked Ascendancy launches next week is... lockboxes. In fact, PWE...

MMO lockboxes, keys, and booster packs: Gambling or gaming?

Lockboxes have become a hot topic over the last couple of years. Last month, both our writers and readers crowned SWTOR worst business...

Massively OP’s Best of 2016 Awards: Best MMORPG Trend of 2016

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best MMORPG Trend of 2016, which was awarded to the staggering resurgence of...

China is cracking down on MMORPG lockbox vendors

Violently authoritarian government regulates nasty video gaming monetization exploit, and gamers are cheering? Yep, China is cracking down on lockboxes. A notice from the creepy Ministry...

Elder Scrolls Online rolls out lockboxes this week

I'm sure you're as tired of hearing about lockboxes as we are of writing about them, but here we are and it's still happening....

Tamriel Infinium vs Hyperspace Beacon: Three ways to make lockboxes work better in MMORPGs

Last week, I stirred up a hornet’s nest by bringing up the topic of lockboxes and how I really didn’t mind them in general.

The Daily Grind: Should MMORPG lockbox mechanics be regulated as gambling?

A reader named Paul recently wrote to us wondering why RNG lockboxes aren't considered gambling. Oh sure, we call them gambleboxes, but the government...

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