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Lootbox regulation recommended by Australian parliamentary committee

While words and recommendations can certainly be considered equal to vapor, the fact that Australia's parliament appears poised to make moves against lockbox monetization...
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Lawful Neutral: Examining the infamous MMO lockbox, 2020 edition

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’s Royal Society for Public Health issues report on lootboxes and their effect on gambling perception

There's a new log on the continually burning fire regarding gaming lootboxes, their association with gambling, and their effect on young people. A new...

New French lawsuits accuse EA’s FIFA franchise of promoting illegal gambling

None of the FIFA titles is a pure MMO, of course, but every MMO player interested in how monetization across the industry is being...
This is someone else's problem.

UK NHS director calls out lootboxes as ‘under the radar’ gambling

As much as the developers who make lockboxes would probably like for the random packs of items to start slipping back under the radar,...

EVE Online’s new HyperNet Relay reintroduces gambling to New Eden

Remember way back in 2016, when CCP Games outlawed gambling in EVE Online's universe after turning a blind eye for over a...
Planet of hates.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting rid of locked lockboxes altogether

The process of getting crates in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is not necessarily all that rewarding. You pay your hard-earned BP to get a crate, and...

CS:GO stops letting players sell container keys due to their use in money laundering

The otherwise innocuous activity of selling keys to open containers in CS:GO has apparently been used for far more nefarious purposes. According to...

UK’s children’s commissioner calls for tighter legislation on lootboxes

A report from UK children's commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for stricter laws on lootboxes and to amend current gambling laws to include lootboxes,...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare eschews lockbox monetization for a battle pass

Arguably one of the bigger online multiplayer shooters coming down the pike is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, just by mere dint of...

Predictably, the ESA rebuffs UK call to ban lockboxes, citing nebulous transparent lockbox plan

Yesterday, we covered the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel report on addictive technologies: Readers will recall that the...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

The ESA says a crapton of game companies are finally embracing lockbox transparency

Under pressure from no less than the US Senate, the FTC held the first of its planned video game monetization workshops today, and...

US Federal Trade Commission outlines the agenda for a lootbox-related workshop on August 7

Conversations, studies, and outright rancor over video game lockbox practices have caught the notice of several world governments as readers of MOP already know,...

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

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

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

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

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