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New UK research finds opening lootboxes is ‘structurally and psychologically akin’ to gambling

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The mountain of research-based evidence against lootboxes has had another leaflet added to the pile. A recent report from researchers at the universities of...

Arizona moves forward with legislation that will force Apple and Google to allow alternative payment options

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While Apple and Google likely breathed a sigh of relief when a proposed North Dakota bill that would require the mobile platforms to allow...
And the living is... you know what? No. Screw that song.

House financial services committee investigates Gamestonk as investors sue Reddit ‘agitator’

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As promised, the US House Financial Services Committee held its hearing on Gamestonk yesterday, and to read some of the coverage, you'd think the...

MMO Business Roundup: ESA’s PAC, mail criming, Steam by the numbers, and Blizzard charity

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO- and MMO-adjacent industry news in our first MMO Business Roundup of 2021! The ESA: The Entertainment Software...

Twitch lowers a (temporary?) banhammer on Donald Trump

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Following the shameful events of this past week in Washington D.C. during which an outgoing U.S. president urged supporters to storm the Capitol, many...

Why WB Games should make a new Asheron’s Call game in 2021+: The lore

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So we recently brought up how Asheron's Call 2 died twice during the winter seasons, with the second one being a double funeral with the original...

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 from...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is seemingly cracking down on orgs and ‘politics’ in-game

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Back in October, we reported on a move by Joe Biden's presidential campaign to create an island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was...

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...

Presidential nominee Joe Biden has his own Animal Crossing: New Horizons island

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As a US presidential hopeful, you want to make sure you have your message spread to as many corners of the country as possible....

Fallout 76 roleplay group had its Facebook account terminated for being mistakenly flagged as a hate group

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Politically, things in the US are... charged, to say the least, and the impact of misinformation efforts across social media platforms is more in...

Second Life bans all in-game advertisements that are ‘political in nature’

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Launching into political rants in global chat or hijacking the guild discussion to make everyone uncomfortable with views on election candidates is seen as...
This is what we were really missing.

New executive order could ban US transactions with Tencent – potentially bad news for gaming [Updated]

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File this one under "I was about to go to sleep when the internet erupted in an absolute panic over Tencent": Late this evening,...

Riot Games canceled its League of Legends esports partnership with Saudia Arabia after massive backlash

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The League of Legends esports community was set on fire and then partially doused this week thanks to a decision - now rescinded -...

Fortnite is hosting the We the People panel on race in America for the Fourth of July

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Fortnite is a dance floor, a murder simulator, a concert hall, a movie theater, and now, a home for serious discussion: Epic Games is...

Gaming companies from Blizzard to Daybreak stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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Update: We've been updating the end of this piece with all the online gaming studio statements we can find this week. Sony has apparently decided...

Popular Chinese MMO JX3 Online will close in Taiwan following COVID-19 protest

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This article needs a quick bit of backstory: Chinese doctor Li Wenliang was one of the first whistleblowers for the current COVID-19 epidemic; he...
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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...
You know who is what here.

Blitzchung: No regrets for speaking up for Hong Kong despite Hearthstone suspension

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Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, took a big risk when he spoke out in support of Hong Kong on an official Hearthstone stream....

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden calls out Silicon Valley game devs as ‘creeps’

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It would appear that US presidential hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden has an unkind view of most Silicon Valley tech companies and...

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