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”

ESRB Introduces New Label For Loot Boxes, Gacha Games, Card Packs

ESRB Loot Boxes

The ESRB has introduced a new label for all regionally rated games from ‘E’ to ‘AO’ for randomized purchased themed around gacha games, card parks, item prizes, or loot boxes that contain random rewards for real money. Continue reading “ESRB Introduces New Label For Loot Boxes, Gacha Games, Card Packs”

NHS Mental Health Director Urges For Loot-Box Ban In Video Games For Child Safety

The battle over children and loot-boxes continue as the mental health director of Britain’s NHS, Claire Murdoch, has urged the games industry to do something about loot-boxes being present in video games as well as being accessible to children. Continue reading “NHS Mental Health Director Urges For Loot-Box Ban In Video Games For Child Safety”

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Dev Says There’s No Loot-Box System In The Works

If Activision isn’t adding microtransaction as tiny red dot reticles for scopes, or disappointing fans by discounting paid items in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Black Market by 50 percent days later, then you can bet they’ll be promoting people to look at others open loot-boxes in Call of Duty: WW2. As of now, we have Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare art director Joel Emslie denying “rumors” of loot-boxes in the pipeline. Continue reading “Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Dev Says There’s No Loot-Box System In The Works”

U.K’s DCMS Committee Suggest Gambling Regulations For Loot Boxes

FIFA Gambling

After going through exhaustive research into the loot box and microtransaction business, the House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published a lengthy 84-page report on September 9th, 2019 detailing their thoughts and suggestions on how to deal with the budding loot box issue plaguing the gaming industry. Continue reading “U.K’s DCMS Committee Suggest Gambling Regulations For Loot Boxes”

Epic Games And THQ Nordic Reportedly Taking A Stand Against Loot-Boxes

Epic Games is best known for its recent and controversial products such as Fortnite and the infamous Epic Games Store. Despite those two things, it looks like big boy Tim Sweeney’s Epic and THQ Nordic are “taking a stand” against loot-boxes. Continue reading “Epic Games And THQ Nordic Reportedly Taking A Stand Against Loot-Boxes”

ESA Says Nintendo, Sony, And Microsoft Will Require Disclosure Of Loot-Box Odds Sometime In 2020

According to a new letter on the Entertainment Software Association’s website, the company claims that sometime around 2020 Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), Microsoft, and Nintendo are committing to new platform policies that will require “paid loot-boxes” in games (on said platforms) to disclose information on the probability of obtaining randomized virtual items. Continue reading “ESA Says Nintendo, Sony, And Microsoft Will Require Disclosure Of Loot-Box Odds Sometime In 2020”

EA’s Kerry Hopkins Says Loot-Boxes Are Quite Ethical And Are Surprise Mechanics

When there’s money to be made off of something lucrative, you best bet the defenses and excuses will be high when under scrutiny, and there’s no difference here when EA’s VP of legal and government affairs, Kerry Hopkins, was questioned by the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee in an oral evidence session regarding the legitimacy and fairness of loot-boxes. Continue reading “EA’s Kerry Hopkins Says Loot-Boxes Are Quite Ethical And Are Surprise Mechanics”

Google Play Policy Update Requires Disclosure Of Loot Box Odds

Google Play

Google updated the Googel Play developer policies recently, adding a section for loot boxes odds. The update appears to have been implemented in late May, 2019, considering that the section relating to loot box odds was not present on the monetization page back on April 30th, 2019. Continue reading “Google Play Policy Update Requires Disclosure Of Loot Box Odds”

Nintendo Pulling Mobile Games In Belgium Due To Loot Box Laws

The loot box controversy is heating up in Belgium as Nintendo announced this week that it will be discontinuing both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes in the region this August. Continue reading “Nintendo Pulling Mobile Games In Belgium Due To Loot Box Laws”

Swedish Consumer Agency Reportedly To Investigate Casino-Like Elements In Games

A new report has been published stating that although Sweden may not be regulating loot boxes as gambling, the Consumer Agency has been “instructed” to review casino-like elements of gaming mechanics, where the agency has been directed to unveil its findings by October 1st, 2019. Continue reading “Swedish Consumer Agency Reportedly To Investigate Casino-Like Elements In Games”

Republican Senator Introduces Bill To Prohibit Loot Boxes In Games Aimed At Kids Under 18

Loot Box Ban

Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri has introduced a bill called the The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, which would prevent publishers from including loot boxes or pay-to-win microtransactions in games aimed at kids under the age of 18. Meaning that any game rated ‘E’ for Everyone up through ‘T’ for Teen would no longer be able to feature loot boxes or pay-to-win cash shops in mobile, home console, or PC games. Continue reading “Republican Senator Introduces Bill To Prohibit Loot Boxes In Games Aimed At Kids Under 18”

FTC Planning Workshop To Discuss Loot Boxes August 7th

The Federal Trade Commission is finally making good on its promise to dive into the use of loot boxes in video games, with a workshop specifically established to address the virtual grab bags planned for Aug. 7. Continue reading “FTC Planning Workshop To Discuss Loot Boxes August 7th”

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