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UK Committee Recommends Loot Boxes Be Regulated As Gambling

The other shoe hasn't quite dropped yet, but its laces are tickling the floor. The UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee...

Path Of Exile Removes Controversial Nested Microtransaction Loot Box

Pretty much everyone loves Path of Exile, but if there's one thing that people might have reason to gripe about, it's the game's loot...

My.Games Launching Its Own Storefront, Will Include Tool To Facilitate Sale Of In-Game Items

As if the ongoing war between Steam and the Epic Games Store wasn't enough for you, My.Games, the developer and publisher formerly known as...

The FTC Addressed Loot Boxes This Week, But It Probably Won’t Be Enough

The Federal Trade Commission heard from a number of different parties during its workshop on loot boxes in video games earlier this week. I've...

Following FTC Workshop, Console Manufacturers, ESA Agree To Provide Loot Box Odds By 2020

"Never tell me the odds," Han Solo once said. He was only trying to navigate an asteroid field, though, not the arguably more confusing...

UK Gambling Commission Has “Significant Concerns” About Loot Boxes, But Doesn’t Call Them Gambling

It seems like the UK has way too many officials who are being quoted on the subject of loot boxes in gaming. A few...

UK Digital Minister Doesn’t Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling But Is “Looking At Evidence”

UK Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James appeared before the Commons committee of the UK Parliament earlier this week to offer...

The “Loot Box Bill” Is Impossibly Broad, But It Could Still Work As Intended

We've finally got the text of Senate Bill 1629, a.k.a. the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, introduced last week by Senator Josh Hawley...

Senator Hawley Wants The “General Public” To Understand Loot Boxes

Kotaku's Jason Scheirer landed an interview with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, who earlier this month made it known that he intends to propose anti-loot-box...

UPDATED: U.S. Senator Calls For “Legal Consequences” For Developers Who Exploit Children Via Microtransactions

Update: We've found Senator Hawley's one-page proposal regarding loot boxes and exploitative practices in video games. It has not yet been introduced formally to...

University Study Correlates Loot Boxes With Gambling Behavior

Researchers from the University of British Columbia's Centre for Gambling Research have produced a paper linking loot boxes in video games and addictive gambling...

Blizzard Removing The Option To Buy Heroes Of The Storm Loot Boxes With Real-Money...

The newest patch for Heroes of the Storm goes live on the PTR this week, and it's got the usual assortment of bug fixes,...

You Can Now Preview Llama Contents In Fortnite: Save The World

Last summer, Valve changed how loot boxes in Dota 2 operated in the Netherlands, allowing Dutch players to "preview" the contents of their next...

MMOBomb’s Top 5 Free-To-Play Predictions For 2019 (And Grading 2018’s Predictions)

It's time, once again, to be amazed and astounded by my precocious acts of prestidigitation, my prescient predictions, my prattling on about probable outcomes...

MMOBomb’s 2018 In Review: Top 5 Predictable F2P Headlines

There may have been a dearth of impactful new free-to-play games in 2018, but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to talk about. In...

Grinding Gear Games Restricts Loot Box Purchases From Player With “Impulse Control Issues”

Game developers aren't always just trying to get you to buy more loot boxes. Case in point: Grinding Gear Games, which recently heard from...

U.S. Senator Asks FTC To Investigate Loot Boxes

Loot boxes are finally drawing the attention of Congress here in the United States. Yesterday, Nov. 27, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) issued a request...

Dota 2’s New Loot Box Shows You The Odds Of Getting Rare Items

Valve's taken a lot of heat the past few months for the way it handles its loot boxes in Dota 2. The Netherlands classified...