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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...

Raven workers accuse Activision-Blizzard of ‘continued intransigence’ during union negotiations

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Yesterday, we went in-depth on some of the ways Activision-Blizzard is attempting to obstruct the union forming within Diablo IV substudio Blizzard Albany, but...

Activision-Blizzard continues obstructing QA worker unionization with latest appeal

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A few weeks ago, the QA division of Blizzard Albany - that is, the studio formerly known as Vicarious Visions that is working on...
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Lawful Neutral: How extremism and terrorism slither into online gaming

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Back in 2014, something happened in the gaming space, something whose impact was so damaging that even almost 10 years later, I realize that...

Stalkers harassed Destiny 2 devs with racist voice mails and doxxing, new court filings show

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Earlier this week, we wrote about Destiny 2 studio Bungie's plan to reduce comms between developers and players temporarily over some extreme harassment and...
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...

MMO Business Roundup: Preservation, charity, modding, memes, and Microsoft’s merger

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Business business business. Microsoft ABK: It's not just the US digging into Microsoft's...

Axie Infinity’s massive crypto theft by hackers was possible thanks to a job search phishing scam

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Most of our regular readers know Axie Infinity as the game that saw a North Korean hacker gang get away with a huge stash...

Officer involved in 2017 Call of Duty swatting death is denied qualified immunity appeal

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Way back in 2017, the gaming industry was shocked by the news that a gaming-related swatting incident had actually resulted in the death of...
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...
The krogan, forever charging.

BioWare-supporting studio’s QA workers vote to form Canadian union

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This past year or so, we've been observing different unionization efforts popping up in the game industry. Among these is efforts is one that's...

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...
Mortal.

Belgium and Netherlands reject Diablo Immortal over lockbox gambling concerns

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This week's "global launch" of Diablo Immortal already wasn't going to be that global considering that several southeast Asia countries will have to wait...

Former Guild Wars 2 cinematic animator calls out NCsoft for withholding owed back pay

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Apparently, NCSoft has a policy in place that withholds owed back pay even if an employee has the courtesy to put in a notice...

Alleged stalker of a World of Warcraft streamer is arrested and faces five years of federal prison time

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A two year-long hell for one streamer of World of Warcraft is hopefully coming to an end. Evan Baltierra, a former Los Angeles World...

Lawful Neutral: How is an NFT MMO even supposed to work?

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Recently, MassivelyOP hit a milestone: We received our quadrabajillionth email announcing that Scammy-scammers-now-with-NFTs-and-also-metaverse-because-reasons Inc. was a proven market leader with a new scamming game...

The FBI says it was a North Korean hacker gang that crimed Axie Infinity for $620M

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At the tail end of March, we reported on a massive hack of exploitative play-to-earn blockchain job/game Axie Infinity. At the time, the hackers...

Disney has quashed another Club Penguin emulator, this time with arrests in the UK

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Remember way back in 2017, when Disney shut down the long-running Club Penguin MMO in order to replace it with Club Penguin Island? And...

GDC 2022: Control, revenue, scarcity, ethics, and the human challenges of the gaming ‘metaverse’

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While some panels at GDC 2022 have been deeply disappointing, the panel titled "A Brave New (Virtual) World: Ethics and Governance of XR and...

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