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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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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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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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[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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Three Square Enix Mobile Games Ending Service Soon in Belgium

In response to the uncertain future of loot boxes in Belgium, Square Enix is ending service for three of their mobile games in the country. Mobius Final Fantasy will cease operating…

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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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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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2K Asks Fans To Contact Belgian Government Over Loot Boxes In NBA 2K19

2K Games is asking its Belgian fans to “contact [their] local government representative” if they want to see paid loot boxes in the MyTeam mode of NBA 2K19. The Belgian edition…

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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…