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World Of Warships Faces Mutiny From Community Content Creators

World Of Warships Faces Mutiny From Community Content Creators

Several of World of Warships' community volunteers have resigned from Wargaming's official program following the latest move in what one of them characterized as a "toxic one-way relationship." It started with the re-introduct...

By Jason Winter - 1 month ago
Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer Rebranded As Free-to-Play eFootball

Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer Rebranded As Free-to-Play eFootball

A few weeks ago, we heard that Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer might be getting a free-to-play makeover, and today came word of that exact thing.

By Jason Winter - 2 months ago
Australian MP Calls Loot Boxes The "Definition Of Gambling," Will Introduce Bill In August

Australian MP Calls Loot Boxes The "Definition Of Gambling," Will Introduce Bill In August

Australia is making all the news today.

By Jason Winter - 2 months ago
EA Experiments With FIFA Packs That Show You Their Contents Before You Buy

EA Experiments With FIFA Packs That Show You Their Contents Before You Buy

A new kind of pack for Electronic Arts' behemoth FIFA Ultimate Team will now allow you to "preview" their contents before you buy.

By Jason Winter - 3 months ago
Nexon Has A Strong Q1, Will Disclose Loot Box Drop Rates In Korea

Nexon Has A Strong Q1, Will Disclose Loot Box Drop Rates In Korea

Nexon didn't have a "record-setting" quarter in Q1 2021.

By Jason Winter - 4 months ago
Leaked EA Doc: "All Roads Lead To FIFA Ultimate Team" (And Its Loot Boxes)

Leaked EA Doc: "All Roads Lead To FIFA Ultimate Team" (And Its Loot Boxes)

Good news, everyone!...

By Jason Winter - 5 months ago
Another Study Calls Loot Boxes "Structurally And Psychologically Akin To Gambling"

Another Study Calls Loot Boxes "Structurally And Psychologically Akin To Gambling"

Maybe I'm just getting cynical (Me?...

By Jason Winter - 5 months ago
World Of Warships Hit By Advertising Regulators Over Santa Containers

World Of Warships Hit By Advertising Regulators Over Santa Containers

Last month, World of Warships offered the possibility for its special holiday-themed Santa Containers to drop one of about 100 premium ships -- or did it?...

By Jason Winter - 8 months ago
Opinion: Extra Screen Time During A Pandemic Won't Turn Your Kids Into Gaming Addicts

💣 Feature | Opinion: Extra Screen Time During A Pandemic Won't Turn Your Kids Into Gaming Addicts

COVID-19 lockdowns in the United States have been in effect, to varying degrees, for nearly 10 months now, so it's no surprise that everyone's getting more time in front of video screens rather than going out and doing activit...

By Jason Winter - 8 months ago
Genshin Impact Makes $245 Million On Mobile In Its First Month

Genshin Impact Makes $245 Million On Mobile In Its First Month

Soon, we'll stop using easy jokes like "Genshin Impact is making an impact," but only once the game's fortunes have leveled off a bit.

By Jason Winter - 10 months ago
The Netherlands Imposes A €10m Fine On EA For Its Loot Boxes

The Netherlands Imposes A €10m Fine On EA For Its Loot Boxes

Two and a half years ago, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit or simply "Ksa") classified the loot boxes in four games as gambling.

By Jason Winter - 10 months ago
EA Facing Lawsuit Over Loot Boxes For Violating Canadian Gambling Laws

EA Facing Lawsuit Over Loot Boxes For Violating Canadian Gambling Laws

Add Canada to the list of countries that are going to have to reckon with the legality of loot boxes in video games.

By Jason Winter - 11 months ago
EU Committee Recommends Looking Not Only At Loot Boxes But All Monetization In Games

EU Committee Recommends Looking Not Only At Loot Boxes But All Monetization In Games

Stop us if you've heard this before, but some agency in Europe thinks loot boxes are "Bad".

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
UK House Of Lords Committee Recommends Loot Boxes Be Classified As Gambling

UK House Of Lords Committee Recommends Loot Boxes Be Classified As Gambling

A committee of the UK's House of Lords has produced a report detailing the harms caused by gambling in the country, including an entire section (starting on page 110) on loot boxes in video games.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Apple Sued For Offering Loot Boxes In App Store

Apple Sued For Offering Loot Boxes In App Store

Apple has been served with a class action lawsuit pertaining to the use of loot boxes in many games on the App Store.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
TERA To Add Loot Box Transparency, Will Display Odds

TERA To Add Loot Box Transparency, Will Display Odds

While we haven't heard from most game developers on their plans to better inform players about their loot box odds -- something that's supposed to be implemented by the end of the year -- at least one game is getting ahead of ...

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
ESRB Will Label Games With "Random Items" Among Their In-Game Purchases

ESRB Will Label Games With "Random Items" Among Their In-Game Purchases

The ESRB has announced an addition to its ratings that will highlight video games that have randomized items -- a.k.a.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Australian Parliamentary Committee Recommends Age Verification For Loot Boxes

Australian Parliamentary Committee Recommends Age Verification For Loot Boxes

Australia has joined the party as the latest nation that's embarked on the road to regulating loot boxes in video games.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Valorant Will Have Sprays, Weapon Progression, No Character Skins -- And No Loot Boxes

Valorant Will Have Sprays, Weapon Progression, No Character Skins -- And No Loot Boxes

When announcing a free-to-play game, it's important to make clear what your game is and how it will play.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Destiny 2 Director On 2020 Plans: Less "FOMO" In Seasons, No Buyable Loot Boxes, Better Quest Log

Destiny 2 Director On 2020 Plans: Less "FOMO" In Seasons, No Buyable Loot Boxes, Better Quest Log

Destiny 2 Game Director Luke Smith penned a very long blog post today -- and by "today," we mean it was just put up today, because it clocks in at over 4,000 words and probably took days to write -- covering a wide range of to...

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Inferna Adds Emotes And Loot Boxes, Has Ambitious Plans For 2020

Inferna Adds Emotes And Loot Boxes, Has Ambitious Plans For 2020

It's not wise to get too emotional with your favorite MMORPG.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
IRS Removes Language That Might Have Indicated Virtual Currency Could Be Taxed

IRS Removes Language That Might Have Indicated Virtual Currency Could Be Taxed

Only two things are certain: death and taxes.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
French Lawsuit Calls FIFA "A Gambling Game," Seeks Algorithm For Card Distribution

French Lawsuit Calls FIFA "A Gambling Game," Seeks Algorithm For Card Distribution

Electronic Arts and European countries are getting along right now like peanut butter and vinegar.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
NHS Mental Health Director Says Loot Boxes Are "Setting Kids Up For Addiction"

NHS Mental Health Director Says Loot Boxes Are "Setting Kids Up For Addiction"

The mental health director of England's National Health Services has something to say about loot boxes.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Rocket League, City Of Heroes, And Loot Boxes: MMOBomb's Free-To-Play Predictions For 2020

💣 Feature | Rocket League, City Of Heroes, And Loot Boxes: MMOBomb's Free-To-Play Predictions For 2020

It might be a new decade, but I'm going to make the same old mistakes and try to predict what I think will happen in free-to-play gaming over the next calendar year.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
ArcheAge Players Entitled To Part Of $420,000 Fund In Patron And Loot Box Lawsuit Settlement

ArcheAge Players Entitled To Part Of $420,000 Fund In Patron And Loot Box Lawsuit Settlement

The ArcheAge lawsuit saga may finally be coming to a close.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
TERA Offers Players The Chance To Spend Money This Christmas

TERA Offers Players The Chance To Spend Money This Christmas

Santa Claus is typically depicted as being, shall we say, plump.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Jagex Acknowledges "Duty Of Care" With Regards To RuneScape MTs, Vows Changes

Jagex Acknowledges "Duty Of Care" With Regards To RuneScape MTs, Vows Changes

Jagex has come under fire this year for its microtransaction practices in RuneScape, even to the point of getting called out for them by the British government.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Jagex Looks To The Future Following RuneScape's Rocky 2019

Jagex Looks To The Future Following RuneScape's Rocky 2019

Eurogamer has a long article titled "After RuneScape's controversial 2019, Jagex plots 'direct and deliberate' changes for 2020." The first half of the piece mostly rehashes what Jagex has been up to for most of the decade, fo...

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Valve Restricts The Resale Of CS:GO Keys To Combat Fraud

Valve Restricts The Resale Of CS:GO Keys To Combat Fraud

You can no longer resell your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive keys.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
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