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Anti-lootbox Senator claims gaming lobbyists are getting worried; Nintendo pulls mobile titles from Belgium over lootboxes

It's a day that ends in "y" and so that means some fresh lootbox-related news to share with you fine folks! First up is...

US Senator takes aim at lockboxes and pay-to-win with ‘Protecting Children From Abusive Games Act’

The gamblebox issue isn't dying down any time soon, it appears. As Kotaku first reported, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has announced he plans...

Academics argue WHO’s ‘gaming disorder’ classification could cost South Korea billions

Over the last couple of years, we've been covering the science behind gaming addiction and more specifically the World Health Organization's attempt to insert...

Daybreak’s definitely-not-owner Columbus Nova is back in national news again

Does it ever seem weird to you when companies involved in gaming show up in big political dramas in the real world? Because it...
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The Daily Grind: How do you and your guild handle political discussions inside MMOs?

I'm genuinely curious about this one, so indulge me. From my vantage, it's seemed to me that casual discussion of politics inside MMOs has...

The FTC commits to investigating video game lootboxes following US Senate subcommittee hearing

Readers following the long-running lootbox/lockbox debate will recall that back in February of this year, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, who sits on...
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Ubisoft claims that it ‘cannot be openly political’ in The Division

Gosh, this is one heck of a sentiment. Ubisoft's COO, Alf Condelius, recently spoke at the Sweden Game Conference and claimed that it...

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,...

Tencent’s market value dropped by $20B following new Chinese gaming regulation plans

Earlier this month, there was a flurry of news about the state of game publishing in China. You'll recall that Monster Hunter World...

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
Yes, it was this bad. It was always this bad.

Online games are avenues for hate group recruitment, according to former white supremacist leader

Playing a game of linking awful online activities to white supremacist movements is like the worst possible variant of the old Six Degrees...

Daybreak update: Renova boss questioned over Columbus Nova’s alleged payment to Michael Cohen

MMOs and politics once again collide this week as last night CNN broke the news that Robert Mueller's FBI team has zeroed in...

Black Desert celebrates South and North Korean peace summit with global buff tonight

Anybody for some good news? Yeah? Me too! If you follow real-world international headlines even a little bit, you surely are aware that history...

Trion Worlds’ Scott Hartsman goes on NBC to address video game violence and game ratings

Here is something kind of neat: Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman sitting down with NBC's Press:Here to talk about video game violence and...

Extra Credits raises concerns over lootbox legislation

Just for the record, we are not the only ones engaged in the discussion and controversy surrounding lockboxes and lootboxes as of late. YouTube...

Academics argue WHO’s ‘gaming disorder’ is arbitrary, criticize lack of evidentiary transparency

Researchers and self-regulatory bodies are continuing their denouncement of the World Health Organization's plan to classify "gaming addiction" as a "gaming disorder." The...

The ESRB proposes new microtransaction label, while Hawaii’s Chris Lee questions the ESA on lockboxes

The Entertainment Software Rating Board claims it's taking steps to solve the lockbox crisis, in part in response to bills before multiple state...

New Hampshire senator Maggie Hassan has picked up the lootbox and gaming addiction cause

Up until now, the political grumblings about video game gambleboxes has been mostly limited to state governments, specifically Hawaii's Chris Lee, who submitted...

Hawaii state rep Chris Lee has now introduced four bills regulating lockboxes

Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee has made good on his plan to write and submit bills to the state legislature regulating the sale of...

German commission takes up lootbox issue as academics link whaling to gambling markets

Germany has added its voice to the anti-lockbox chorus in the US, UK, and Netherlands. According to an article on the German-language Welt...

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