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UK study says over 1 in 10 young gamers go into debt due to lootbox spending habits

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The pushback against lockboxes in gaming in the UK continues in spite of the matter not exactly making non-stop headlines. A new study...

Judge enforces a Dutch government order for EA to remove FIFA lockboxes or face over $11M in fines

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This has been a long and drawn-out battle, so let us review: Back in 2017 when the outrage against lockboxes was at its highest...
We were so certain we had this.

Canadian class action lawsuit argues EA’s lootboxes constitute illegal gambling

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Ah, it's a good thing for the companies relying on lockboxes that people have completely forgotten about those this year, isn't it? Turns out...
It sells the landing.

The Daily Grind: Does gacha have a place in MMO business models?

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Just so, so many of my friends are playing Genshin Impact these days -- and not just playing, but gushing over the fun,...

EA’s advertisement of FIFA lockboxes in a children’s toy catalogue draws mounting criticism

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It would appear that Electronic Arts didn't learn from the last time it pulled this kind of nonsense, but apparently there was still...

New UK parliament report recommends regulation of lockboxes as gambling

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Yesterday, we covered the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel report on addictive technologies: Readers will recall that the...

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