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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. There...

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

Nexon didn't have a "record-setting" quarter in Q1 2021. That's been the company's go-to line for years now, so it's notable when it doesn't...

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

Good news, everyone! Loot boxes, I mean "surprise mechanics," don't exist to make money, they exist to drive player engagement! Whew!That was Electronic Arts'...

Another Study Calls Loot Boxes “Structurally And Psychologically Akin To Gambling”

Maybe I'm just getting cynical (Me? Nahhhh ...), but seeing yet another organization declare that "loot boxes = gambling" just doesn't hit as hard...

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...

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...

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....

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. One...

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. Specifically,...

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". And they're suggesting "Things" be done.Forgive the...

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...

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. Apple...

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...

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. "loot boxes" -- for...

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. The "Protecting the...

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. Nearly as important is communicating...

Destiny 2 Director On 2020 Plans: Less “FOMO” In Seasons, No Buyable Loot Boxes,...

Destiny 2 Game Director Luke Smith penned a very long blog post today -- and by "today," we mean it was just put up...

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

It's not wise to get too emotional with your favorite MMORPG. You never know when your friends might stop playing, lose interest in the...