Valve Lets Dutch Players See The Contents Of Their Next Loot Box Before They Buy

Valve Lets Dutch Players See The Contents Of Their Next Loot Box Before They Buy

When is a loot box not a loot box? When it’s not random, it would appear. That’s the workaround Valve has implemented for Dota 2…

Lawsuit Against Trion For ArcheAge’s 10% Patron Discount Pushes On

Lawsuit Against Trion For ArcheAge’s 10% Patron Discount Pushes On

Way back in the day, when ArcheAge launched in the West, part of the $150 early access package included a 10% cash shop discount after…

French Gambling Regulator Doesn’t Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling, Will Wait For More Information

French Gambling Regulator Doesn’t Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling, Will Wait For More Information

France has joined Belgium and the Netherlands in weighing in on the controversy of loot boxes. Its judgment, however, is a little bit like a…

Valve Disables Dota 2 (And CS:GO) Trading In The Netherlands, In Compliance With New Mandate

Valve Disables Dota 2 (And CS:GO) Trading In The Netherlands, In Compliance With New Mandate

Valve has suspended item trading in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the Netherlands. This comes in response to a mandate by the Dutch…

Guild Wars 2 Game Director Talks About Monetization And Loot Boxes

Guild Wars 2 Game Director Talks About Monetization And Loot Boxes

Guild Wars 2 has loot boxes, as you probably know, and while they don’t get anywhere near the hate of those in other games, ArenaNet…

Belgium Classifies Four Games’ Loot Boxes As Gambling, Demands Their Removal

Belgium Classifies Four Games’ Loot Boxes As Gambling, Demands Their Removal

Following on the heels of the legal re-classification of loot boxes in The Netherlands, the Belgian Gaming Commission has brought down the banhammer on loot…

F2P Mobile RPG Has Gacha-Addicted Cartoon Character And A Player Who Spent $70,000

F2P Mobile RPG Has Gacha-Addicted Cartoon Character And A Player Who Spent $70,000

It’s one thing to have loot boxes in your free-to-play game. It’s another to have super-rare, highly desired characters in those loot boxes. It’s yet…

Nexon Fined Nearly $1 Million For Deceptive Loot Box Marketing In Korea

Nexon Fined Nearly $1 Million For Deceptive Loot Box Marketing In Korea

There are a lot of different viewpoints out there on how loot boxes should be regulated. One of the least controversial, it seems, is the…

GW2 Adds New RNG Mount Skins But Also Lets You Buy The One You Want; Also, You Can Sit In Chairs!

GW2 Adds New RNG Mount Skins But Also Lets You Buy The One You Want; Also, You Can Sit In Chairs!

When ArenaNet tried offering Mount Adoption Licenses for Guild Wars 2 in November, things didn’t go so well. Coming as they did at the height…

ESRB Will Label Physical Games With Microtransactions, Including Loot Boxes

ESRB Will Label Physical Games With Microtransactions, Including Loot Boxes

We have our first instance of blinking in the loot-box staredown between the video game industry and lawmakers. GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that the Entertainment Software…

Riot Reveals Odds For Its League Of Legends Loot Boxes

Riot Reveals Odds For Its League Of Legends Loot Boxes

Legislation may or may not be coming, but at least some game developers are starting to realize they need to be just the tiniest bit…

Hawaii Rep. Chris Lee Introduces Bills To Label Games With Loot Boxes And Restrict Their Sale To Minors

Hawaii Rep. Chris Lee Introduces Bills To Label Games With Loot Boxes And Restrict Their Sale To Minors

Hawaii state representative Chris Lee is still going at it. “It,” in this case, refers to the regulation of loot boxes, and he’s introduced four…

Sweden And Germany Now Looking At Regulating Or Banning Loot Boxes

Sweden And Germany Now Looking At Regulating Or Banning Loot Boxes

Add another pair to the list of countries that are examining the legality of loot boxes in video games. According to a translation of an…

Washington State Hops On The Loot Box Regulation Bandwagon

Washington State Hops On The Loot Box Regulation Bandwagon

“When it rains, it pours” could apply to the weather in Seattle this time of year or to the efforts of one legislative body after…

A World Without Loot Boxes: What Should You Expect To Pay For Non-Random Loot?

A World Without Loot Boxes: What Should You Expect To Pay For Non-Random Loot?

It seems like we’ll see some kind of regulation regarding loot boxes in video games sooner rather than later. Whether that comes from the developers…

Defiance, Warships, Trek Devs Talk About Loot Boxes In Their F2P Games

Defiance, Warships, Trek Devs Talk About Loot Boxes In Their F2P Games

Much of the talk/controversy surrounding loot boxes lately has dealt with their recent inclusion in full-priced games, like Star Wars Battlefront II or Middle-earth: Shadow…

MMOBomb’s Top 10 Free-to-Play Gaming New Stories of 2017

MMOBomb’s Top 10 Free-to-Play Gaming New Stories of 2017

What a wild and wacky 2017 it’s been! All right, maybe it wasn’t that wacky, but every end-of-year list is required by law to start…

App Store Now Requires Game Devs To Disclose Loot Box Odds

App Store Now Requires Game Devs To Disclose Loot Box Odds

We’ve been saying for a while that game developers will have to find a way to curb their voracious loot box appetites or the government…

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