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Australian lawmaker proposes bill that would classify games with lockboxes for adults only

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There is at least one lawmaker in Australia who feels very strongly about the matter of gaming lockboxes, apparently. Andrew Wilkie, an independent member...

Video report highlights CS:GO’s ongoing skin gambling problems and Valve’s continued inattention

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It's been a long reported fact that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a skin gambling problem. The height of this issue was back in 2016,...

Four Winds: Lost Ark and the refinement of MMO item enhance systems

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In the last edition of Four Winds, I promised I'd cover how three MMOs utilized item enhance systems to facilitate progression, and then I...

Blade & Soul’s first-ever mounts are lockbox drops

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Mounts are arriving to Blade & Soul once the Symphony of Destruction update goes live. That would probably be enough information for most, but...

Twitch averts streamer strike with proposed ban on some gambling content

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Following major drama this week over gambling streams and scamming that resulted in popular streamers threatening a Twitch boycott and strike, Twitch has issued...
THE BOX OF LOCKS

Singapore creates a government body to regulate lootboxes, citing a blurred line between gambling and gaming

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The government of Singapore is becoming another country that's less friendly to the monetization practice of lootboxes thanks to the formation of a new...

Kickstarted MMO Untamed Isles ‘goes into hiatus’ after devs lose funds thanks to crypto market

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Just last month we put a spotlight on Untamed Isles, a promising Pokemon-like MMO that raised $528,804 from a 2021 Kickstarter campaign. In fact,...
Curse you.

UK government will ‘consider legislation’ unless game companies add parental controls to lootboxes

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The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has seen enough evidence related to the harm that lootboxes have on children and...
May foulness attend thee.

US Senator Ted Cruz and Asmongold could have a meeting over gaming microtransaction legislation

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It's said that politics makes for strange bedfellows, and there appears to be no better illustration of that axiom than the potential meeting between...

US advocacy groups call upon Federal Trade Commission to investigate EA over FIFA lockboxes

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Hot on the heels of Norway's call for lootbox oversight, a non-profit org in the US is now trying to drum up support for...

18 European countries back a Norwegian government body’s assertion that lootboxes are ‘manipulative’

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Clearly, pushback against the lootbox monetization model is not going away, a fact that is once more being brought to light thanks to a...

Dutch court says EA lockboxes didn’t violate region’s gambling law, reels back €10M fine from 2019

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It's been some time since the furor over lockboxes and international gambling laws came to light, so let's review: Gambling authorities from the Netherlands...

Lost Ark will support 34 more countries at launch – Belgium and The Netherlands aren’t among them

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Good news, global MMORPG players: Lost Ark is expanding its global reach beyond North America and Europe. "To ensure that this beloved game can be...

Malaysia’s mufti calls out lockboxes as gambling, states buying them is not permissible in Islamic religion

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To appreciate this story, one has to first understand the concept behind a mufti and performing something that's against the religion of Islam. A...
We never like these things.

Congress asks publishers to self-regulate lootboxes via a UK regulation that has nothing to do with lootboxes

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There are some Democrats in the US Congress that are hoping to do something about lootboxes in the country. That's good. They even went...
Whooops.

So Netmarble is getting into the social casino gaming business

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Our inbox here at MOP gets flooded with three things that are the equivalent of nails-on-a-chalkboard to me: requests for sponsored content, requests for...
May foulness attend thee.

Australian MP plans to introduce a bill banning lockbox sales to minors

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You may remember back last year that there was some noise made in Australia about banning the sale of video game lootboxes to people...

EA is testing transparent lockboxes in a FIFA game

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Remember two years ago when the ESA announced an optional new policy for the US games industry that would theoretically encourage games companies to...

The Soapbox: MMO monetization that complements poor game design makes us all losers

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I have a problem: As much as I enjoy games, I can see that many online and multiplayer games are becoming designed more poorly...

EA insists it’s focused on ‘engagement,’ not monetizing FIFA players into gambleboxes

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Yesterday, Canadian outlet CBC published a massive Electronic Arts document leaked by a supposed "gaming insider" that seemingly confirms what you already thought about...

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