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Jordan bans PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, plans to ban Fortnite and others

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The Jordanian government has announced that the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has officially banned PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. According to a report from Jordanian news...

League of Legends is blocked in Iran and Syria due to US embargo laws

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The politics of the real world have impeded the possible solace or distraction of a video game. It appears that League of Legends players...

US Senator Bernie Sanders publicly offers support for game worker unionization

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That dull, wooden hammering you hear in the background is the attachment of planks to platforms. With the US 2020 presidential campaign season drawing...
Kick it down the road.

Lawful Neutral: Why Josh Hawley’s lockbox regulation Senate bill is dead-on-arrival

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There's a special place in my heart for lootboxes and exploitative monetization, and that place is somewhere below the revulsion I feel for Martin...
The core here is so hard.

World Health Organization’s gaming disorder classification causes discord within South Korean government

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The World Health Organization's recent decision to recognize gaming disorder as a mental health issue in the most recent revision of its International Classification...
Horg?

‘Gaming disorder’ has been officially added to the World Health Organization’s ICD-11

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The World Health Organization has officially adopted a revision to its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) to include "Gaming...

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

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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...
Now my stats are good!

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

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

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

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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

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Does it ever seem weird to you when companies involved in gaming show up in big political dramas in the real world? Because it...
ESO

The Daily Grind: How do you and your guild handle political discussions inside MMOs?

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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

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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 the...
oh, wait, you're serious

Ubisoft claims that it ‘cannot be openly political’ in The Division

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Gosh, this is one heck of a sentiment. Ubisoft's COO, Alf Condelius, recently spoke at the Sweden Game Conference and claimed that it could...
We never like these things.

International regulators co-sign declaration to investigate lockboxes and skin gambling

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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

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

Blizzard is disabling Overwatch and HOTS lockbox purchases for Belgian players

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Earlier this year, Belgium took up the anti-lootbox cause, becoming one of the first countries to investigate lockboxes in online games and ultimately threatening...
Yes, it was this bad. It was always this bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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 game...

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