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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...

Epic Games brings Fortnite complaint against Apple and Google to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal

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While understandably most of the attention in the Epic vs. Google and Apple legal scuffle has been focused on the suit being heard in...
Team play.

For science: New UK study finds that video games improve the mental health, reading, and writing skills of kids

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So this one's fun. The results of a study performed in the UK between November and December of 2019 have just been released. The...

New UK parliament report recommends regulation of lockboxes as gambling

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Remember last month when UK lawmakers started making fresh noise about classifying lockboxes/lootboxes as gambling to protect children following multiple reports and surveys on...

MMO Business Roundup: Tencent, Ubisoft, Rockstar, energy, Creativerse, and Cold Iron Studios

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Tencent: Just before Funcom and Tencent announced the Chinese gaming giant was angling to...

UK’s children’s commissioner calls for tighter legislation on lootboxes

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A report from UK children's commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for stricter laws on lootboxes and to amend current gambling laws to include lootboxes,...

Mavericks’ abrupt July sunset was preceded by a revoked SpatialOS loan

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Remember back in July, when Automaton Games announced it was shutting down Mavericks, a "massive" battle royal that was aiming to put 1000 people...

Predictably, the ESA rebuffs UK call to ban lockboxes, citing nebulous transparent lockbox plan

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Yesterday, we covered the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel report on addictive technologies: Readers will recall that the lengthy...

UK parliament committee calls for ban on selling lockboxes to kids, deems games industry ‘wilfully obtuse’

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As gamers will recall, the UK government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel has been investigating addictive technologies for the better part...

UK’s Gambling Commission considers prosecuting video game companies that facilitate gambling

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It sounds as if the UK is preparing for a bit of a crackdown on video game gambling of the third-party kind. According to...

Video game journalist infects hundreds of EVE nerds with insidious virus

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A gaming convention turned into the banal opening scene of a zombie outbreak movie this week as a number of players who attended EVE...

FIFA YouTubers plead guilty to charges under UK gambling act

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Back in September, we reported on the UK's case against Craig "NepentheZ" Douglas and Dylan Rigby, the YouTubers charged under the Gambling Act with...
Sure, it all worked out perfectly, great job.

UK watchdog group dismisses gamer complaints over No Man’s Sky advertising

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Back in September, we reported that UK watchdog group Advertising Standards Authority was investigating No Man's Sky following "several" -- we now know it...

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