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loot crates are now illegal in belgium




last week, the netherlands also decided that loot boxes in some games were essentially gambling and called for publishers to remove them by mid-june, while countries like the uk and new zealand have declared that loot boxes aren't gambling. a number of us lawmakers have introduced bills regarding lo...



the netherlands determines some loot boxes violate gambling laws




loot boxes have been a controversial gaming topic since their inception, but more recently, it seems that player dissatisfaction with them has reached something of a fever pitch. we have electronic arts and star wars: battlefront 2 to thank for that, but not only did battlefront 2‘s overreaching l...



op-ed: game companies need to cut the crap—loot boxes are obviously gambling




enlarge/ roulette is a particularly silly form of gambling.yuki shimazu / flickrshare this storygame companies now lean heavily on loot boxes to monetize their products. legislators around the world are threatening to impose regulations on the boxes, claiming that they're gambling. industry groups, ...



apple loot box rule forces apps to now reveal iap odds




apple will force all apps offering “loot boxes” to disclose just how likely you are to get each possible item, addressing rising criticism of the in-app purchase that it’s a gateway into gambling. loot boxes – variously known as loot crates or prize crates – are virtual items which are bou...



loot boxes in video games will soon get a review flag from opencritic




enlargeopencriticshare this storyin the week since i ranted about the increasingly poisonous practice of loot boxes appearing in retail-priced video games, more big-ticket titles have shown up to the loot box party. apparently, we're not the only folks fed up with the trend, which combines slot-ma...



overwatch update improves loot box drops, hearthstone follows suit




while overwatch has seen immense success, one of its more divisive features has been its loot box system. though overwatch runs $40 for the standard version on pc and $60 on consoles, players can only unlock new cosmetic items through a f2p-like loot box system. these loot boxes are fairly rare in-g...



battlefront 2's loot boxes just got unexpectedly serious




it seems that the outrage over star wars: battlefront 2‘s overreaching loot box system may have caused us to hit a tipping point with microtransactions in games. in the span of just a few hours, government officials in belgium and the us have spoken out against those loot boxes, condemning them as...



four publishers must change in-game loot boxes to avoid dutch gambling laws




enlarge/ is this essentially the same as a kid buying a box of car skins in rocket league?gettyshare this storyvideo game loot boxesview more storiesfour publishers will be forced to make changes to their games in the netherlands after a landmark report from the netherlands gaming authority found th...



apple cracks down on loot boxes in update to app store review guidelines




loot boxes made big headlines in 2017 when ea released star wars battlefront ii and received a huge amount of backlash for including a very robust loot box system that made player progression painfully slow for gamers who didn't spend money. there was a big uproar in the gaming community, ea's stock...



esrb addresses loot box controversy with ‘in-game purchases’ label




going forward, the esrb will begin adding an "in-game purchases" label to boxed games that have any sort of in-game purchase, including loot boxes. "the new in-game purchases label will be applied to games with in-game offers to purchase digital goods or premiums with real world currency, including ...



some loot box computer games are breaking dutch gambling rules




some popular online games are breaking rules on gambling, the dutch gaming authority said on thursday. the makers have been told to adapt the games before june this year or face fines or a ban.the gaming authority looked into ten popular games all of which featured a so-called loot box, a treasure c...



belgium denounces loot boxes as gambling; hawaiian legislator calls them “predat




enlarge/ in belgium, this is similar to a loot box.yuki shimazushare this storybelgium's gaming commission has ruled that loot boxes—in-game purchases where what you receive is randomized and only known once you open the box—are gambling. the country's minister of justice, koen geens, has said t...



us senator demands review of loot box policies, citing potential harm




enlarge/ sen. hassan urged the esrb to review "the board’s ratings process and policies as they relate to loot boxes."us senator maggie hassan of new hampshireshare this storysen. maggie hassan (d-n.h.) sent an open letter to the entertainment software rating board (esrb) today urging the industry...



us senator demands review of loot box policies, citing potential harm




enlarge/ sen. hassan urged the esrb to review "the board’s ratings process and policies as they relate to loot boxes."us senator maggie hassan of new hampshireshare this storysen. maggie hassan (d-n.h.) sent an open letter to the entertainment software rating board (esrb) today urging the industry...



the legislative fight over loot boxes expands to washington state




enlarge/ what's in the box? maybe gambling addiction!share this storythe government backlash against randomized video game loot boxes—which some observers and legislators consider a form of gambling—moved from hawaii to washington state earlier this month. that's when a group of three democratic...



us senator demands review of loot box policies, citing potential harm [updated]




enlarge/ sen. hassan urged the esrb to review "the board’s ratings process and policies as they relate to loot boxes."us senator maggie hassan of new hampshireshare this storysen. maggie hassan (d-n.h.) sent an open letter to the entertainment software rating board (esrb) today urging the industry...



ea's loot boxes aren't going anywhere




it’s a fairly turbulent time for games publishers looking for a little post-launch monetization in the form of loot boxes, but that isn’t stopping electronic arts. though ea essentially sparked this latest fervor surrounding overreaching loot boxes, it has indicated to shareholders that it will ...



ubisoft changes stance on rainbow six: siege's cheaper standard edition




consider this one a win for the avid fans of rainbow six: siege. the game’s player community became immensely frustrated after developer ubisoft revealed on thursday that it was raising the price of the two-year old siege by $20 in order to account for new loot boxes, alongside doing way with the ...



the legislative fight over loot boxes expands to washington state




enlarge/ what's in the box? maybe gambling addiction!share this storythe government backlash against video game loot boxes—the randomized in-game item purchases that some observers and legislators consider a form of gambling—moved from hawaii to washington state earlier this month. that's when a...



despite backlash, loot boxes could be essential to gaming’s future




enlarge/ some might object to using a slot machine to illustrate a piece on loot boxes, but juniper directly calls them "a form of in-game gambling" so...wikimedia commonsshare this storyview more storieswith all the controversy, scrutiny, and international regulation randomized video game loot bo...



apple now requires that games disclose odds of 'loot box' rewards




loot boxes are in vogue right now, with pc and console titles like hearthstone, overwatch and star wars battlefront ii offering randomized rewards that can impact gameplay in some cases. the latter game has come under fire by consumers (and governmental bodies) who perceive the implementation of loo...



apple now requires that games disclose odds of 'loot box' rewards




loot boxes are in vogue right now, with console titles like hearthstone, overwatch and star wars battlefront ii offering randomized rewards that can impact gameplay in some cases. the latter game has come under fire by consumers (and governmental bodies) who perceive the implementation of loot boxes...



'overwatch’ loot boxes will have fewer duplicates




beginning with hearthstone's next expansion pack, you will no longer receive duplicates of cards until you have every single legendary card from that specific set. this applies whether you have the golden or non-golden version of a card. what's more, you will no longer receive more duplicate cards t...



how ea talks about loot boxes depends on who's listening




ea has been on the ropes before, countless times, for angering its fans. in 2011, it was the ending to mass effect 3. two years later, the company took the long-running and beloved simcity franchise, and made that year's version into a game that required an internet connection to play. servers were ...



trade group prez: loot box regulation “challenges our freedom to innovate”




unlike this ceramic replica, video game loot boxes are not filled with real candy.thinkgeekshare this storyview more storiesas governments around the world enact or consider regulations that would treat randomized video game loot box purchases as gambling, entertainment software association presiden...