Loot Boxes

Loot Boxes

Three Second Life avatars staring intensely into your soul

Online life sim Second Life is removing gacha mechanics later this month. Citing changes in the way gacha mechanics are regulated, the devs say they'll give players a grace period, so they won't be

Australia Loot Box Law

Australian independent MP Andrew Wilkie has announced that he will be proposing a loot box law that will restrict the microtransactions by requiring all games with loot boxes to be rated 18+ along

A stadium in FIFA 21

A leaked internal EA document has revealed that the company intentionally pushes players towards a game mode featuring loot boxes in FIFA 21. This comes at a moment when loot boxes - and EA in

A Togepi with three other eggs in Pokemon Go

Niantic is trialling a feature that will allow certain players in Pokemon Go to see a list of Pokemon that might hatch from eggs. The feature isn't being rolled out to everyone, but it's assumed that

The FIFA Ultimate Team Mode, a game mode that prominently features loot boxes

The German government has passed a law that means if a game has loot boxes, they must be taken into consideration when that game is being given an age rating. This could be a stumbling block for

Capcom

Capcom has recently released their 2020 annual report, where they condemned "gacha-like loot boxes" because they want their users to enjoy their games "fairly and safely." Check out Capcom's comments

The UK Houses of Parliament, where British MPs debate issues such as UK game regulation. Image courtesy of London Perfect.

A new survey commissioned by Greenstone Research has found that over a third of British MPs (Members of Parliament) want greater UK game regulation. Almost two-thirds of MPs also showed concern about

A game in action in EA's FIFA 21

The District Court of The Hague has ruled that EA violated the Netherlands' Gambling Act through its use of "Packs" in FIFA. This ruling effectively means the Netherlands has classified loot boxes as

Eric Cantona, an Icon in EA's FIFA 21

Gaming giant Electronic Arts, better known as EA, is being sued in Canada. The lawsuit is being brought against the publisher over the presence and perceived prevalence of loot boxes in many of its