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MMO Business Roundup: Krafton likes AI, Call of Duty moderation, and German lockbox regulation push

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. We've got a lot to cover, so let's dive right in. Krafton pushes AI...

Study finds social media game ads don’t properly disclose the existence of lockboxes and in-game purchases

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A recent study conducted by legal expert and lockbox researcher Leon Y. Xiao has been completed and it finds that lockbox disclosures in social...
We never like these things.

China’s government drafts new restrictions on gaming time, spending and login rewards, and lockboxes

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The Chinese government has decided to once more consider a tightening of the thumbscrews on gaming, as regulators in the country have issued a...
This is someone else's problem.

MMO Business Roundup: Lockboxes, Twitch Korea, and the FTC’s latest MS/ABK merger appeal

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. The FTC vs. Microsoft and ABK - Surely you didn't think that "signing the...

Here’s how the UK gaming industry says it’ll self-regulate lockboxes

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Remember a few years ago before NFT scams took over, when politicians realized they could score some press coverage and campaign donations for talking...
Looking back.

Neverwinter adds a lockbox featuring characters from the 1983 Dungeons and Dragons cartoon

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Neverwinter is making something of a good news/bad news deep cut with its latest cash shop offering: a lootbox featuring a pair of characters...

Australian parliament proposes ratings changes to games with lootboxes and ‘simulated gambling’

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It appears that the Australian parliament is looking to make some moves against games with lockboxes, or at the very least a half-measure: The...

Canadian court rules lockboxes aren’t illegal gambling, ‘deceptive acts’ suit continues

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Back in October 2020, we reported on a class action lawsuit filed in Canada against EA that covered over 70 different titles that used...

Austrian court finds FIFA lockboxes violate the country’s gambling laws, orders Sony to issue refunds

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The question of whether the lockboxes in the recent run of FIFA soccer titles constitute gambling has been one that many nations around the...

EU Parliament adopts resolution to regulate games industry harms from lockboxes to manipulative design

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Call them lockboxes, lootboxes, gambleboxes, or gachapon: The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution "ensuring a safe online environment for online...
Curse you.

Germany’s games ratings board creates new labels with warnings about lootboxes, MTX, and online chat

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The physical and digital packaging of video games in Germany is going to have a lot more granular detail thanks to updates being applied...
Mature, intelligent decisions.

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...

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...
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...
THE BOX OF LOCKS

The Daily Grind: Have you ever bought an MMO lockbox?

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It's not exactly a controversial statement on this site to say that lockboxes are bad. We don't like them. Our readers don't like them....

Nexon Q2 2022: MapleStory’s dramatic turnaround is attributed to monetization transparency

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While many tech companies are offering up weak quarters or even outright struggling, Nexon's financials are on the rebound. The company's Q2 investor report...
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...

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...

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