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Epic Games joins hands with beauty brand and activists to expand representation in video games

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There's a new initiative being spearheaded by the beauty and skin care brand Dove called Real Virtual Beauty, which seeks to launch "a series...
THE BOX OF LOCKS

Singapore creates a government body to regulate lootboxes, citing a blurred line between gambling and gaming

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The government of Singapore is becoming another country that's less friendly to the monetization practice of lootboxes thanks to the formation of a new...
This was all funny until it happened to us!

Indonesian government blocks access to Steam and EGS for failure to meet a database registration deadline

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The government of Indonesia is drawing attention and ire after it implemented new regulation for internet services and digital games storefronts that have resulted...
Curse you.

UK government will ‘consider legislation’ unless game companies add parental controls to lootboxes

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The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has seen enough evidence related to the harm that lootboxes have on children and...

Destiny 2 celebrates summer as Bungie addresses healthcare, racial justice, and its acquisition by Sony

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We're deep into the summertime here in the northern hemisphere, and Destiny 2 is preparing to mark the season by bringing back its Solstice...

GDC joins the chorus of game studios and publishers supporting access to reproductive healthcare

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Whether it's major studios speaking up or indie devs creating a charity bundle, the subject of supporting reproductive healthcare rights and bodily autonomy in...

These are the online gaming companies supporting reproductive choice and healthcare for workers

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When news of the impending overturn of Roe v. Wade in the United first leaked in early May, so few games companies spoke up...
May foulness attend thee.

US Senator Ted Cruz and Asmongold could have a meeting over gaming microtransaction legislation

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It's said that politics makes for strange bedfellows, and there appears to be no better illustration of that axiom than the potential meeting between...

Diablo Immortal delays its launch in China, sending NetEase stock into freefall

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It would appear that investors of the Chinese games giant NetEase were pinning a lot of hopes on Diablo Immortal's launch to China. The...

Ubisoft offers charitable and medical support for female and LGBTQ+ team members in the US

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After what could be seen as a delayed reaction to the events of the world, the C-suite of Ubisoft has decided now is the...

US advocacy groups call upon Federal Trade Commission to investigate EA over FIFA lockboxes

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Hot on the heels of Norway's call for lootbox oversight, a non-profit org in the US is now trying to drum up support for...

18 European countries back a Norwegian government body’s assertion that lootboxes are ‘manipulative’

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Clearly, pushback against the lootbox monetization model is not going away, a fact that is once more being brought to light thanks to a...
Mortal.

Belgium and Netherlands reject Diablo Immortal over lockbox gambling concerns

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This week's "global launch" of Diablo Immortal already wasn't going to be that global considering that several southeast Asia countries will have to wait...
Oh no.

Four Winds: Remembering TERA’s wild start and in-game politics

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Well, the TERA sunset thing caught me off guard. I don't play TERA, but I was always under the impression that the game was...

Sony subsidiary Insomniac secures new policy, donations for reproductive rights

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Last week, we covered a Washington Post article that sharply criticized the gaming industry for its almost complete silence on the likely overturn of...

WAPO calls out gaming industry for lack of support for reproductive health as workers strike

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The Washington Post has a new article out this week ripping into the gaming industry for its "silence" on the likely overturn of Roe...

MMO Business Roundup: China’s gaming crackdown, NetEase Connect, Wild Rift plagiarism, and Valve’s anti-trust lawsuit

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business and industry news. China: The Chinese government is continuing to widen its long-running crackdown on...

MMO Business Roundup: ArenaNet’s pro-choice stance, Blizzard’s new VP, and Nexon’s new CEO

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Human rights - ArenaNet and NCsoft have lent their voices - or at...

Destiny 2 studio Bungie issues forceful statement on workers’ healthcare rights

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In the wake of news that the US Supreme Court is likely to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that safeguards people's right...

Activision-Blizzard wants shareholders to vote against making the company release public abuse reports

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The Activision-Blizzard annual shareholders meeting is coming soon, and several proposals are up for voting. Among those proposals is a required report that outlines...

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