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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...

Destiny 2’s Season 10 ushers in the end of Bright Engram lootboxes

With all of the things that were packed into the first 2020 Director's Cut post from Destiny 2 director Luke Smith, it...
We

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,...

Chronicles of Elyria starts selling $75 Longest Night advent calendars

There has to be a measure of masochistic joy in stocking up account items that you can't use (yet) for a game that is...
There's just more soup.

The Daily Grind: Which gaming company told the biggest fib in 2019?

Come December, we're going to be starting up our end-of-the-year roundups, including one of my favorites: the one where we pick out all our...
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...

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...

Path of Exile cancels new lockboxes-within-lockboxes after ‘intensely negative’ feedback

So let's play a little round of bad news, good news with Path of Exile. Yesterday, with the Blight expansion not even a...

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...
Oh noes.

Star Trek Online players play with numbers to crack lockbox drop rates

While plenty of online games with lockboxes already have transparent lockboxes and far more are due to get them over the next year thanks...

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,...

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