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Proposed Australia Loot Box Law Would Ban Them For Minors

Andrew Wilkie, an Australian MP, has finally introduced his Australia loot box legislation. I say finally because we reported that Wilkie would propose his Australia loot box legislation back in July…

November 29, 2022 | 09:42 EST

A player reaching to another of the opposing team, either to help them up or deny them the ball, in Madden NFL 23

Madden NFL 23 Loot Boxes Cause Streamer "Walkout"

A perceived lack of value in Madden NFL 23 loot boxes has caused streamers to stage a "walkout". Popular Madden NFL 23 streamers and influencers are posting with the hashtag #packstrike on Twitter…

September 23, 2022 | 08:50 EDT

A typical FIFA Ultimate Team (the mode in which you can buy FIFA loot boxes) setup in FIFA 23

Buying FIFA Loot Boxes Is "Fair" According To EA

EA has defended its use of FIFA loot boxes, describing the ability to spend real money on them as "fair". The company says that the FIFA Ultimate Team mode and player packs are a beloved part of FIFA…

August 12, 2022 | 12:08 EDT

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New Report Says Belgium's Loot Box Law Is Not Being Enforced

A new report has claimed that the strict Belgium loot box laws, which effectively prohibit studios from including loot boxes in games, are not being properly enforced. The study goes on to recommend…

August 5, 2022 | 11:04 EDT

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EA Will Let Players Preview Some Loot Boxes In FIFA 22

EA is to allow players to preview the contents of certain loot boxes in FIFA 22. Preview Packs will let you see what's inside before you pick them up, and they'll be available at launch in the new…

September 20, 2021 | 11:05 EDT

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Second Life Gacha Mechanics Are Being Removed

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…

August 4, 2021 | 10:15 EDT

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Proposed Australia Loot Box Law Would Restrict Them To 18+

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…

July 13, 2021 | 05:48 EDT

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EA Funneling Players Towards Loot Boxes In FIFA, Leaked Document Says

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…

April 26, 2021 | 09:37 EDT

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Pokemon Go Eggs Will Soon Display A List Of Potential Pokemon

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…

March 12, 2021 | 09:02 EST

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

Germany To Consider Loot Boxes In Ratings Going Forward

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…

March 5, 2021 | 11:22 EST


Capcom Condemns Gacha and Loot Boxes in New Report

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…

January 27, 2021 | 10:28 EST

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

More Than One Third Of MPs Want Greater UK Game Regulation

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…

December 10, 2020 | 11:02 EST

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Netherlands Heavily Penalises EA Over Loot Boxes, EA Appeals

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…

October 29, 2020 | 10:37 EDT

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EA Is Being Sued In Canada Over Loot Boxes

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…

October 21, 2020 | 08:08 EDT

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[Updated]NBA 2k21 Getting Review Bombed

Update NBA 2k21's base edition has returned to Steam in all regions, most explictly Belgium and Netherlands where it had been unavailable previously. Valve told TechRaptor the issue was resolved,…

September 7, 2020 | 02:01 EDT

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Class-Action Lawsuit Targets Clash Royale's Loot Boxes

A class-action lawsuit has been undertaken targeting the loot boxes in Brawl Stars and Clash Royale; this Supercell loot box lawsuit claims that the microtransaction model in both games violates…

August 14, 2020 | 04:33 EDT

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FTC Workshop Details the Massive Scope of the Loot Box Problem

A "Staff Perspective Paper" based on the recent FTC loot box workshop has been released, neatly summarizing the scope of the problem with this form of microtransactions. If you're hoping for…

August 14, 2020 | 03:40 EDT

The House of Lords has called for loot boxes to be reclassified as gambling

UK House Of Lords Calls For Immediate Loot Box Gambling Reclassification

The UK House of Lords has urged the government to reclassify loot boxes as gambling. A new report published by the Select Committee says the government "must act immediately" in order to bring loot…

July 2, 2020 | 08:40 EDT

The UK government could reclassify loot boxes in games like FIFA as gambling

Report: UK Government Could Reclassify Loot Boxes As Gambling

The UK's DCMS - Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport - could soon reclassify loot boxes in video games as gambling. UK news platform The Guardian reports that the DCMS will soon launch…

June 8, 2020 | 10:00 EDT

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Electronic Arts Has Patented New Non-Linear Battle Pass

A Non-Linear Battle Pass patent has just been granted to Electronic Arts, raising interest in what EA plans with the monetization model in the future. If you've somehow been living under a rock, a…

March 9, 2020 | 03:34 EDT

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Details Emerge on Resident Evil Resistance Loot Boxes

During 2019's Tokyo Game Show, Capcom revealed Resident Evil: Resistance. Described as an "asymmetric online five-person multiplayer," it pits four players against one Mastermind. Taking the role of…

March 6, 2020 | 09:06 EST

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Australian Loot Box Regulation Recommended by Governement for Children

Australian loot box regulation may be coming soon after a parliamentary committee finalized a report on the matter. An Australian parliamentary committee has recommended that the government…

March 6, 2020 | 01:10 EST

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Payday 2 Drills Being Removed Next Week

PAYDAY 2 drills will soon be a thing of the past, putting an end to the game's "Crate & key" microtransaction system. OVERKILL made a Steam Community announcement that detailed the upcoming…

February 21, 2020 | 02:29 EST

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UK Children's Commissioner Calls For Non-Cosmetic In-Game Purchases Ban

The UK Children's Commissioner has recently come out with a new report that calls for the games industry to ban all non-cosmetic in-game purchases.  Along with the ban recommendation the…

October 26, 2019 | 05:24 EDT

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Modern Warfare Adopts Battle Pass Instead of Loot Boxes

Today Activision announced an entirely new plan for post-launch support for upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. First, the publisher confirmed in a blog post that there will be no loot…

October 17, 2019 | 03:39 EDT

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Rocket League Gets New Blueprint System In December

Back in August, Psyonix revealed its intention to remove loot crates from Rocket League. Now, the developer has released some information about the system that will be replacing Crates. Going forward…

October 2, 2019 | 05:58 EDT

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UK Loot Box Regulations Recommended by DCMS Committee

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, & Sport Committee has recommended that UK loot box regulations are established to bring the microtransactions under the purview of gambling laws. While…

September 12, 2019 | 01:45 EDT


Don't Expect Yakuza Online In The West Due To Gacha Mechanics

According to an interview between USgamer and Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato, the game Yakuza Online will not be released in the west due to western taste issues with the game's gacha mechanics…

August 27, 2019 | 02:19 EDT

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Console Creators and Game Publishers Will Soon Require Disclosure Of Loot Box Odds

The United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is holding an ongoing workshop today regarding loot boxes in video games. Today, we found out that the three major game console creators Sony,…

August 7, 2019 | 01:45 EDT

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Rocket League Loot Boxes Are Being Removed

Rocket League will no longer have real money loot crates available for purchase, later this year. The Rocket League loot boxes were introduced in September 2016, and have included cosmetics players…

August 6, 2019 | 05:09 EDT

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Superdata: Overwatch Loot Box and In-Game Purchases Crosses $1 Billion Milestone

Overwatch loot box revenue and in-game purchases have crossed the $1 billion mark in the fourth year of the game's release. While Blizzard Entertainment's sci-fi first-person shooter is a premium…

July 25, 2019 | 11:34 EDT

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Study Shows Loot Boxes Linked With Problematic Gambling in Minors

A recent study published in the Royal Society Open Science warns of a strong link between loot box spending and problem gambling in minors. The paper, titled "Adolescents and loot boxes: links with…

July 1, 2019 | 05:20 EDT

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UK Committee Grills EA and Epic Games On Loot Boxes, Game Addiction

On Wednesday, representatives from Epic Games and EA met with the United Kingdom Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports Committee to speak on the topic of immersive and addictive…

June 20, 2019 | 08:30 EDT

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Loot Box Ban Bill Introduced To Senate With Bipartisan Support

United States Senator Josh Hawley's (R-MO) Loot Box Ban Bill (which was announced earlier this month) has been filed in a show of bipartisan support. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal…

May 24, 2019 | 06:00 EDT

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Loot Box Laws Are Shutting Down Two Nintendo Mobile Titles in Belgium

Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp are undeniably financial powerhouses for Nintendo. With new legislation in Belgium cracking down on loot boxes, these two games will become…

May 21, 2019 | 03:10 EDT

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Swedish Consumer Agency Investigating Loot Boxes

In the past week or so we've seen a lot of discussion surrounding the topic of loot boxes, particularly after the loot box ban bill that will be introduced by the United States Senator Josh Hawley.…

May 15, 2019 | 09:20 EDT

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Loot Box Ban Bill To Be Introduced By U.S. Senator Josh Hawley

United States Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) will be introducing a loot box ban bill in the near future. The Senator has become well-known for criticizing tech companies like Google and Facebook and he…

May 8, 2019 | 01:40 EDT

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Rocket League Loot Boxes Can No Longer Be Opened In Belgium and The Netherlands

Rocket League loot boxes can no longer be opened in Belgium and The Netherlands in a continuation of the war between government regulation of in-game microtransactions and game developers. The most…

April 18, 2019 | 10:50 EDT

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FTC Loot Box Workshop to Discuss Consumer Issues This August

A long-promised FTC workshop on loot boxes has been announced and will be taking place in August 2019. This FTC loot box workshop will seek to tackle issues surrounding microtransactions and loot…

April 8, 2019 | 10:20 EDT

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Blizzard Removing Paid Loot Boxes From Heroes Of The Storm

Blizzard will be removing loot boxes from its MOBA Heroes of the Storm. The change is currently being tested on the game's PTR (public test realm) with a view to being fully implemented in the game's…

March 21, 2019 | 09:47 EDT


Epic Games Being Sued For Fortnite's Old Loot Box System

Epic Games, creators of Fortnite and current video game boogeyman, are being sued for the old loot box system used in Fornite's save the world mode. Back in July 2017 Fortnite: Save the World was…

March 4, 2019 | 01:15 EST

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Federal Trade Commission To Host Public 'Loot Box' Workshop

After a slew of negative press over the past few years, loot boxes are not very well liked at the moment. The Belgian Gaming Commission recommended prosecution for some game companies over the loot…

February 26, 2019 | 03:00 EST

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Black Ops 4 Loot Boxes Are Here And No One's Happy About It

After a protracted and convoluted rollout, including multiple in-game stores, tiered progressions, and microtransactions, the last of Black Ops 4's monetization is here. The final piece of the puzzle…

February 20, 2019 | 10:47 EST


OpenCritic Flagging Games Which Contain Loot Boxes

The gaming review aggregate site OpenCritic has started to flag video games that contain loot boxes. The site says they are tagging games to give consumers a fair warning about games which contain…

February 6, 2019 | 03:01 EST

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EA Backs Down Versus Belgium Loot Box Laws; Removes FIFA Points

After four months of tension, EA is agreeing to tone down on selling loot boxes in Belgium. Belgian players of FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 will soon be unable to purchase FIFA Points, which are used to buy…

January 29, 2019 | 08:52 EST

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Get 5 Free Overwatch Loot Boxes for the Holiday Season

5 free Overwatch loot boxes are waiting for you if you haven't logged in to the game lately. Blizzard Entertainment is once again giving away some goodies for the holiday season! While Overwatch is a…

December 27, 2018 | 09:30 EST

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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. It's been a bad…

November 30, 2018 | 04:00 EST

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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 during a Senate…

November 28, 2018 | 10:59 EST