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Real-Money Gambling Game Appears on Steam

Gaming and gambling is a hot issue at the moment, with governments even stepping in to examine the relation between loot boxes and gambling, but a new game on Steam…

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FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes, US Senator Claims “Close Link” To Gambling

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating loot boxes after an official request to do so was made by Senator Maggie Hassan. The request was affirmed by FTC chairman Joe Simons…

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[Correction] UK Gambling Commission Looks at Loot Boxes and Gambling

Correction: The Report mentioned below never says that Loot Boxes lead to an increase. This appears to be a conclusion drawn by some, and which we have mistakenly passed along.…

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Irish Government Declares Loot Boxes Aren’t Affected by Gambling Laws

Since the loot box controversy peaked last year with Star Wars Battlefront II, various governments around the world began taking action against the business practice, with Belgium being one of the…

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Australian ECRC Report Psychologically Links Loot Box Systems To Gambling

Today’s a really bad day if you’re a game developer who has a loot box monetization system in your game. A study undertaken by the Australian Environment and Communications Reference Committee…

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16 Gambling Commissioners, Including Washington State’s, Raise Concerns on Loot Boxes

A coalition of 16 separate gambling commissioners are raising concerns over loot box systems in video games. A news post on the UK’s Gambling Commission website released the statement. The inclusion…

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UK Gambling Commission Releases Report On Youth Gambling

The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission has released a report finding that 11% of 11-16 year olds surveyed had participated in some form of gambling. The survey was performed using Ipsos…

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Danish Gambling Authority: Loot Boxes Can Be Gambling If Items Can Be Traded

The Danish Gambling Authority has stated that loot boxes can be gambling in certain situations according to a statement on the agency’s website [Danish]. Using Google Translate, we’ve gone over…

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UK Petition Forces Government Response on Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling

A petition regarding gaming’s current hot-button topic, loot boxes, submitted through the UK Parliament Petitions website has reached the 10,000 signatures needed for a government response. The petition, entitled ‘Adapt…

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ESRB and PEGI Don’t Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling

Lootboxes are becoming increasingly popular in our AAA titles, with Forza Motorsport 7, Shadow of War, and Star Wars Battlefront II among latest offenders. Some North American gamers have asked the Entertainment…