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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...

Irish Government Doesn’t See Loot Boxes As Gambling, Won’t Take Legal Action

Perhaps it's no surprise that a country synonymous with "luck" would give loot boxes the OK. That's the report from website Irish Legal News,...

Guild Wars 2 Players In Belgium Can’t Buy Gems (Update: ArenaNet Acknowledges “Belgian Law”)

UPDATE, 9/25: ArenaNet has posted a brief statement to the Guild Wars 2 forums: Update on the Purchase Status for Belgium In order to conform to...

Loot Boxes Come Under Fire In Europe, Australia, And Finland

If you hate Mondays, just think of how the developers of games that have loot boxes must hate them -- or at least this...

EA Won’t Follow In Blizzard’s Footsteps, Refuses To Stop Selling FIFA Packs In Belgium

Belgium has said that card packs in Electronic Arts' FIFA games are gambling. EA says they aren't, and is willing to go to court...

China’s Game Restrictions Are Centered On Myopia And Mah-jong

Last week, the notion was put forth that China's freeze on approving new games might be due to the country taking a longer look...

LOTRO’s Next Update Adds More Loot Boxes

Do you want more loot boxes? Of course you do! That's why Standing Stone Games is adding more to The Lord of the Rings...