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New UK parliament report recommends regulation of lockboxes as gambling

Remember last month when UK lawmakers started making fresh noise about classifying lockboxes/lootboxes as gambling to protect children following multiple

APB Reloaded is changing gun rentals, getting rid of lootboxes, and hosting an open beta of its new engine

The lootbox is soon to be officially dead in APB Reloaded. According to a recent dev blog, Joker Mystery Boxes are being...

Class action lawsuit alleges Apple promotes gambling via lootboxes through its storefront

Legal moves are being made against the practice of lootbox monetization against one of the largest targets possible. A class action complaint filed...
This is someone else's problem.

English lawmakers may classify lockboxes as straight-up gambling

Video game studios that feature lockboxes in their titles are sitting very uncomfortably this week as England decides whether or not to make their...

The Daily Grind: Does ESRB’s and PEGI’s new lockbox label go far enough?

Last week, ESRB in the US and PEGI in the EU announced they would both be amending their video game rating systems...
Kick it down the road.

ESRB starts putting warnings about lockboxes on its game ratings

You have to imagine that a lot of video game marketers have developed facial twitches today upon the news that they will no longer...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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