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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...

Belgium begins criminal investigation into EA’s noncompliance with gambling laws as lockboxes remain in FIFA

Activision-Blizzard and Valve may have cooperated with European nations' lockbox demands, but apparently EA won't be playing ball. You'll recall that at the end of...

Lord of the Rings Online announces new endgame reward and lootbox system for Update 23

Lord of the Rings Online's upcoming Update 23: Where Dragons Dwell will be increasing the game's level cap to 120, and with it,...

PAX West 2018: Anthem shuns content paywalls, lockboxes while embracing ‘reactive storytelling’

More information from BioWare's Anthem presentation at PAX West this weekend has continued to roll out, bolstering the gorgeous trailer and potentially...

Blizzard is disabling Overwatch and HOTS lockbox purchases for Belgian players

Earlier this year, Belgium took up the anti-lootbox cause, becoming one of the first countries to investigate lockboxes in online games and ultimately

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...

Three quarters of European gamers don’t even understand what the heck lootboxes are

A new report on GIbiz suggests that most gamers are pretty darn clueless about lootboxes, which probably won't surprise anyone reading here. Researchers for...
This is someone else's problem.

France’s gambling authority condemns but does not ban lockboxes

The international community is becoming aware of the problems of lootboxes, and that means that laws are being formed in response to the business...
This is obviously someone else's fault.

Valve turns off lootboxes in the Netherlands for DOTA 2 and CounterStrike: Global Offensive

If you were in any way hoping that the Dutch Gaming Authority's ruling about lockboxes would lead to a worldwide shift, it seems that's...

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...

EA eschews lootboxes and premium passes with Battlefield V

If you haven't heard the word, EA may be hopping off the lootbox train -- at least for the time being. The mega-publisher took a...

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...
Notably after!

Guild Wars 2 game director talks about the free market and lootboxes

Convenience and cosmetics. These are the foundational pillars of Guild Wars 2's microtransactions, and back at GDC earlier this year, Game Director Crystin...

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...
Zorp.

The Daily Grind: What would (or already did) convince you to buy an MMO lockbox?

Look, we know, none of the people reading this right now like lockboxes. And, you know, for good reason. But despite that dislike, lockboxes...

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...
But now, it's more money.

Lord of the Rings Online takes a step forward in lockbox transparency

Ever since Standing Stone Games started ramping up the prominence of Lord of the Rings Online's lockboxes following last year's Mordor expansion,...

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...

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