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IGDA Loot Box Call To Action: Disclose Odds & Stop Marketing To Children

An IGDA loot box blog post from Executive Director Jennifer MacClean has a wake-up call for the gaming industry: do a better job with microtransactions before the government steps in.…

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Australian Loot Box Report Recommends “Comprehensive Review”

An Australian loot box report commissioned by the continent-sized nation recommends a “comprehensive review” of the microtransaction mechanic as reported by IGN. Loot boxes have been coming under increased scrutiny…

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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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Finland Begins Investigating Loot Box Practices

Finland has begun investigating the use of loot box systems in video games as reported by Helsingin Sanomat [Finnish], the largest print newspaper in Finland. Loot boxes have been part and…

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Blizzard Pulling Paid Loot Boxes In Belgium From Overwatch, Heroes Of The Storm

Blizzard Entertainment has announced on their forums that they will be removing the ability to purchase loot boxes with real money in Overwatch and the ability to purchase loot chests with…

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How Effective Would Hawaii’s New Loot Box Law Be?

Hawaii state Representative Chris Lee may be many things, but he certainly is a man of his word when it comes to tackling loot boxes in games. As of February…

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Metal Gear Survive To Have No Loot Boxes Or Pay To Win

Metal Gear Survive producer Yuji Korekado has opened up regarding some confusion surrounding the upcoming spin-off game. A recent interview published by the Official PlayStation Magazine UK (issue 145, February 2018)…

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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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The Dark Side Of Letting Politicians Regulate Games Like Star Wars Battlefront 2

With all the controversy that Star Wars Battlefront 2 stirred up, it was only a matter of time before the powers that be took notice. Sure enough, Belgium launched an…