Square Enix And Marvel’s Avengers Will Have Microtransactions

The Marvel’s Avengers game will not feature loot-boxes or any pay to win mechanics according to Square Enix at its E3 2019 presentation, which is now over. Contrary to that, though, Square Enix has recently admitted to the 2020 game slated to hit PC, PS4, and Xbox One to have microtransactions in a recent interview. Continue reading “Square Enix And Marvel’s Avengers Will Have Microtransactions”

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”

Borderlands 3’s Trailer Hype Undermined By Randy Pitchford Twitter Row Over Microtransactions

Borderlands 3 Microtransactions

Gearbox Software released the official gameplay video for Borderlands 3 on May 1st, 2019. The video featured three minutes of pure gameplay content, revealing several new vehicles you can utilize, including a mono-wheel battle pod, and several new variations of heavily armored jeeps, all new weapon types, status effects, locations to visit, and a variety of enemies and boss types to face off against. Continue reading “Borderlands 3’s Trailer Hype Undermined By Randy Pitchford Twitter Row Over Microtransactions”

Battlefield V Microtransactions Won’t Go Live Until CC And Retroactive Problems Are Resolved

Electronic Arts and DICE took the heat, rightfully so, back in 2017 when they released Star Wars: Battlefront 2 when the whole microtransaction loot-box debacle toppled-over. It seems now the pair are trying to avoid fatal Battlefield V controversy by “fixing” current and older problems before adding in the much frowned upon live-service system known as microtransactions. Continue reading “Battlefield V Microtransactions Won’t Go Live Until CC And Retroactive Problems Are Resolved”

Red Dead Online Pricing And Gold Bars Are Already Stirring Up Players

The following information should come in as no surprise, this is something that should be expected by Take-Two and Rockstar, which is capitalizing on over-priced items/goods to incentivize players to buy microtransactions — that happens to be Gold Bars — in Red Dead Redemption 2’s online multiplayer,  also referred to as Red Dead Online. Continue reading “Red Dead Online Pricing And Gold Bars Are Already Stirring Up Players”

Study Finds That Video Game Loot Boxes Share Link With Problem Gambling

Are Loot Boxes Gambling?

A recent peer-reviewed survey report from David Zendle that was published on PLOS One on November 21st, 2018, titled “Video game loot boxes are linked to problem gambling”, delved into the tangled, gritty web of loot boxes and their potential tie-in with problematic gambling addiction. As some of you may know, unsanctioned or unlicensed gambling is illegal in most developed countries. Continue reading “Study Finds That Video Game Loot Boxes Share Link With Problem Gambling”

Ubisoft Rep Defends Loot Boxes In Trials Rising, Says They’ve Increased The Popularity Of Gaming

Trials Rising Loot boxes

While gamers the world around hate loot boxes and gambling commissions that aren’t paid off are actively sanctioning publishers and enforcing existing gambling laws to prevent loot boxes from being utilized in games without a proper gambling license, publishers like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts continue to “push forward” with the loot box craze, which is essentially virtual gambling. Continue reading “Ubisoft Rep Defends Loot Boxes In Trials Rising, Says They’ve Increased The Popularity Of Gaming”

16 International Gambling Regulators Declare Concerns Over Loot Boxes Using Gambling Mechanisms

Overwatch Loot Boxes

A total of 16 international gambling regulators, including the Washington State Gambling Commission and the Jersey Gambling Commission from the U.S., the French Online Gaming Regulatory Authority, the Gambling Department from the Ministry of Finance in the Czech Republic, and the U.K. Gambling Commission, to name but a few, have all signed a coalition agreement to declare and state their concerns over video game loot boxes utilizing the frameworks of traditional gambling mechanisms. Continue reading “16 International Gambling Regulators Declare Concerns Over Loot Boxes Using Gambling Mechanisms”

Finnish Police Reportedly Investigating Loot Boxes As Gambling Mechanisms

Loot Boxes

The debate over whether or not loot boxes classify as gambling has ended in several regions, with regions like the U.K., and the U.S., mostly hand-waving them away as legal microtransactions, while other countries like Belgium and Netherlands have classified them as gambling. One country that seems close to labeling them as a means of illegal gambling is Finland. Continue reading “Finnish Police Reportedly Investigating Loot Boxes As Gambling Mechanisms”

Shigeru Miyamoto Offers His Thoughts On The Games Industry, Prices And Free Titles

In a recent report the thoughts of Shigeru Miyamoto are laid out for readers to explore, which consist of finding different avenues of charging people for games, the dangers of free-to-play models, how he wants his peers to deliver titles at fixed prices without over-charging players, and his overall thoughts on creating a substantial business in today’s games industry. Continue reading “Shigeru Miyamoto Offers His Thoughts On The Games Industry, Prices And Free Titles”

Gran Turismo Sport Microtransactions Go Live Despite Yamauchi Saying There Would Be No Microtransactions

Gran Turismo Sport Microtransactions

Update 1.23 for Gran Turismo Sport on the PlayStation 4 has gone live, and in addition to new content and some optimization tweaks, the update also contains microtransactions for any vehicle available for 2,000,000 credits or less. Continue reading “Gran Turismo Sport Microtransactions Go Live Despite Yamauchi Saying There Would Be No Microtransactions”

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