On the Rise and Future of Mobile Gambling

Change is the one constant in this world. It is arguable that this chaos is what gave rise to life in the first place, and in all likelihood, at some distant point unfathomable to man, it will bring an end to the very life that arose because of it. Less philosophically and more pragmatic civilization changes as it shifts through various epochs. Growing, shrinking, dissolving, and arising.
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House Of Lords Gambling Committee Call For Quick Loot-Box Regulation

The House of Lords Gambling Committee believes video game loot-boxes should be regulated under gambling laws and should be brought under the “Gambling Act 2005.” The Lords also note that this act should be swift and executed without hesitation. Continue reading “House Of Lords Gambling Committee Call For Quick Loot-Box Regulation”

DCMS Announces Campaign To Research Loot-Boxes As Gambling Later This Year

In recent news, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (better known as the DCMS) has announced that it will launch “a call for evidence” regarding the impact of loot-boxes and gambling-like behavior later this year. No given date has been set, but the organization will work with the Gambling Act and the UK government to find a link between gambling and loot-boxes. Continue reading “DCMS Announces Campaign To Research Loot-Boxes As Gambling Later This Year”

GTA 5 Diamond Casino Banned In Over 30 Countries And Counting

Despite Rockstar releasing the new downloadable content dubbed “Diamond Casino” for the world to play, many countries have banned the DLC that revels in debauchery. Yes, many people are upset that they cannot participate in the act of gambling even if it goes against said country’s law(s). Continue reading “GTA 5 Diamond Casino Banned In Over 30 Countries And Counting”

U.K Gambling Commission’s Neil McArthur Says FIFA Packs And Loot-Boxes Are Not Gambling

It looks like the U.K. Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur does not see FIFA packs and loot-boxes as a form of gambling. Two new reports shed light on this very situation, which features McArthur and another U.K. Gambling Commission member’s words on the matter. Continue reading “U.K Gambling Commission’s Neil McArthur Says FIFA Packs And Loot-Boxes Are Not Gambling”

CS: GO, DOTA 2 Loot Boxes Removed In Netherlands As Dutch Crack Down On Illegal Gambling

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The Dutch gaming commissions deemed loot boxes as gambling; they’re a game of chance where you spend real money in hopes of gaining a sought-after item. After deliberation and various public statements, the Dutch gaming commissions deemed loot boxes as illegal, and gave publishers up until June 20th to remove them or replace their mechanisms in games such as Overwatch, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA and DOTA 2. Belgium’s gaming commission reached the same conclusion as the Netherlands, prohibiting games sold in the country from using loot boxes without a betting license. Continue reading “CS: GO, DOTA 2 Loot Boxes Removed In Netherlands As Dutch Crack Down On Illegal Gambling”

Belgian Gaming Commission Could Prosecute EA, Blizzard, Valve Over Illegal Loot Boxes

Illegal Loot Boxes Overwatch

The Belgian Gaming Commission is seeking to lay down the law when it comes to illegal loot boxes. Publishers have up until the summer to either remove loot boxes from their games or pull their games out of the Belgium market. Continue reading “Belgian Gaming Commission Could Prosecute EA, Blizzard, Valve Over Illegal Loot Boxes”

Belgium Commission Labels FIFA, Overwatch Loot Boxes Illegal; €1.6 Million Fines Inbound

Overwatch Illegal Loot Boxes

The Belgium Gaming Commission has labeled the loot boxes in games like Overwatch, FIFA and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as illegal gambling, since they adhere to using monetary structures that rely on taking real life money in order to engage in a game of chance. Now, Belgian gamers can kiss premium loot boxes goodbye. Continue reading “Belgium Commission Labels FIFA, Overwatch Loot Boxes Illegal; €1.6 Million Fines Inbound”

EA Doesn’t Believe That Loot-Boxes, Microtransactions Are Gambling

Blake Jorgensen

In EA’s quarterly earnings conference call there were various statements from Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson and Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen about Disney, fake news, loot-boxes and microtransactions… including the latter two items not being a form of gambling. Continue reading “EA Doesn’t Believe That Loot-Boxes, Microtransactions Are Gambling”

Washington State Senator Proposes Bill To Weigh If Loot-Boxes Are Gambling

The news about loot-boxes across several outlets have cool downed compared to last year when Forza Motorsport 7 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 were launching. Yet it seems that politicians are still trying to weigh in on the aftermath of the loot-box fiasco, which includes that of a Washington state senator’s newly introduced bill that determines whether loot-boxes are gambling. Continue reading “Washington State Senator Proposes Bill To Weigh If Loot-Boxes Are Gambling”

Apple Makes Mobile Game Devs Disclose Premium Loot Box Odds

Apple iTunes Loot Box

A new policy update has been added to the terms of use for developers making video game apps for iOS platforms. Apple is enforcing a new rule under section 3.1 of Payments in the developer guidelines, with a special addition to section 3.1.1 for In-App Purchases, where it now states that developers have to disclose the odds of a user’s chance at earning the item they want from the loot box. Continue reading “Apple Makes Mobile Game Devs Disclose Premium Loot Box Odds”

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling Is The Perfect Slap To The Face Of AAA Gaming

I can't Believe it's not gambling

Mutant Entertainment Studios’ I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling is a perfect slap to the face of AAA publishers out there using premium loot boxes while disingenuously defending that the practice of selling lottery-style digital goods through a slot machine of microtransactions is somehow not gambling. Well, Mutant Entertainment Studios strips away the oftentimes boring and derivative shells of AAA games and just focuses on the act of opening loot boxes, all while diving into the meta-conversation involving the absolute inanity surrounding premium loot boxes and gambling. Continue reading “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling Is The Perfect Slap To The Face Of AAA Gaming”

Red Dead Redemption 2 Publisher Doesn’t View Loot-Boxes As Gambling

The current debate as to whether loot-boxes are considered gambling is still ongoing insofar that Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive, wanted to weigh in on the situation and give their two-cents. Continue reading “Red Dead Redemption 2 Publisher Doesn’t View Loot-Boxes As Gambling”