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China’s new kid gaming time regulations are already causing industry trainwrecks

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At the end of August, we noted that China was following through on its plan to set extreme limits on minors' gaming time -...

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...
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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...

China is cracking down on online games and streaming even more with ‘Healthy China 2030’

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Even setting aside the Blitzchung fiasco that sent China's video game industry into the spotlight at the tail end of 2019, the western games...

Leaderboard: Does the ESA’s new transparent lockbox policy go far enough?

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Last week, just as the FTC's video games monetization abuse investigation got underway, the ESA announced that many of the major and minor games...

Lawful Neutral: Mr. Krabs’ Wacky Bucks and currency in online games

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I used to watch Spongebob religiously. I loved the days when I could put on Nickelodeon and have Spongebob on for hours. One of...

Newly proposed Chinese gaming regulations target romantic plotlines and sexual content

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Love conquers all -- except for Chinese gaming regulations, if the recently proposed rules for game content regulation come to pass. The People's Daily,...

China reveals new regulatory system for online video games after more than a year of confusion

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For the last year and change, we watched in slowly dawning horror during China's big game "freeze," when bureaucrats shut down avenues for game...
lol, valve

Dutch Gaming Authority calls out four games as violating its lootbox policies

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If you had expected the Netherlands to be leading the fight against lootboxes, you may be more clairvoyant than the rest of the population....
May foulness attend thee.

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

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

Hawaii state representative calls on game industry to self-regulate on lockboxes

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With the rhetoric and discussion around video game lockboxes at a fever pitch, it has drawn the attention of at least one US congressperson...

Belgium seeks to ban lockboxes as gambling, plus Hawaii and France weigh in

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Capping off the Great Star Wars Battlefront II Fiasco of November, Belgium's Gambling Commission and the Dutch Gaming Authority both began investigating lootboxes/lockboxes to determine whether...

UK lockbox gambling regulation petition receives baffling government response

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A formal UK petition requesting that video game gambling laws be adjusted to include language covering lockboxes passed 10,000 signatures earlier this week, ensuring...

UK lawmakers examine lockboxes, PEGI leaves definitions to gambling commissions

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The ESRB may not be interested in protecting gamers against predatory business model practices like lockboxes, but European regulators may be joining their Chinese...

Chinese government attacks on Honour of Kings MOBA leads to child locks

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You may not have heard of Honour of Kings, but that's probably because you don't live in China. It's one of the most popular...

China is cracking down on MMORPG lockbox vendors

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Violently authoritarian government regulates nasty video gaming monetization exploit, and gamers are cheering? Yep, China is cracking down on lockboxes. A notice from the creepy Ministry of...

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