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Just when you thought lockbox gambling couldn’t get any grosser

You might think, given the public outcry against digital video game lockboxes over the last year and the slow-moving but serious oversight crackdown currently...

UK parliament committee will investigate addictive tech, lootboxes, and harmful gamification

Given that UK researches this year found a "relationship between problem gambling and the use of loot boxes" as well as determined that...
Ex Machina

MMO Business Roundup: Chinese vs Western gamers, devs against Brexit, and lockboxes as gambling in Australia

Welcome back to another quick trip through some of this week's gaming business tidbits. Profiling Chinese gamers Quantic Foundry, the Nick Yee research firm...

The FTC commits to investigating video game lootboxes following US Senate subcommittee hearing

Readers following the long-running lootbox/lockbox debate will recall that back in February of this year, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, who sits on...

Nearly a third of the kids surveyed in the UK Gambling Commission’s study admitted to buying lockboxes

The UK Gambling Commission's Young People & Gambling 2018 report was released this month with disturbing statistics for the role gambling is apparently...

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

"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...

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

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

If you're a Belgian gamer, you should probably take a peek at your Guild Wars 2 account. Multiple Redditors and forumgoers...

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

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

Are lockboxes just another form of gambling? That depends on which government entity, scientist, lawyer, or doctor you ask. But maybe the question we...
How is this real.

Project Gorgon goes from craps tables to speed D&D gambling

Watching Project Gorgon's development is almost as fun as actually playing the game, and with the game's next patch meant to feature...
No, our wholly predictable problems!

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

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

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

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’

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...
E-sports

Expect e-sports betting to blossom thanks to new Supreme Court ruling

Gambling and gaming are two sides of the same coin. You guys wouldn't believe how many gambling companies request to put ads on MOP...
The Quick and the Gay

Belgian Gaming Commission releases full report barring gambleboxes in video games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you had expected the Netherlands to be leading the fight against lootboxes, you may be more clairvoyant than the rest of the population....

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