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ESRB Won’t Classify In-Game Loot Boxes as Gambling

The gaming industry has been abuzz lately with talk of loot boxes in games. Overwatch may have not been the first, but they certainly popularized the formula in the mainstream.

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6/20/2018

article Is Fortnite Addictive? Here's What A Psychiatrist Thinks
(Internet) -- So Fortnite – a multi-platform video game where players have to build and fight to survive in a post-apocalyptic world – is everywhere. The...

6/18/2018

article 1 machine for every 46 residents: The suburbs with the most video gambling
(Illinois) -- Oakbrook Terrace doesn't have a casino, but residents don't have to go far to gamble. The city has one video gambling machine for every 46...
article Compulsive video gaming is a mental health condition, World Health Organization says
(Worldwide) -- Gamers, beware? Compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, according to the World Health Organization. The organization...

6/17/2018

article Children hooked on Fortnite will be treated on the NHS after gaming addiction is classified as medical disorder
(UK) -- Children who are hooked on Fortnite will be treated on the NHS after gaming addiction has been classified as medical disorder. The condition will now be...

6/13/2018

article Two rival gamers allegedly involved in Kansas ‘swatting’ death plead not guilty in federal court
(Kansas) -- It ended in actual gunshots and bloodshed, but according to law enforcement, it all started with the hyped-up braggadocio of online gamers. Late last...

6/11/2018

article Teen, 15, officially diagnosed with Internet addiction
(Australia) -- It’s officially happening. While technology is great for many things, the true affect it is having on the children of this generation is slowly...

5/21/2018

article Epic makes ‘Fortnite’ biggest esport in the world with $100 million in prize money
(Worldwide) -- Epic Games is not fooling around. The game publisher just made "Fortnite" the biggest global esport by a significant margin in terms of prize...
article Epic Games Backing Pro ‘Fortnite’ Tournaments with $100 Million in Prize Pools
(Internet) -- Epic Games will be providing $100 million to tournament prize pools for “Fortnite’s” first year of competitive play, which it calls the 2018 – 2019 season...
article Fortnite's First Competitive Season Kicks Off With Truly Massive Rewards
(Internet) -- Epic Games has a unique approach to the battle royale genre and to video games in general. You could sum it up as "Go big or go home." That's...

5/16/2018

article There are no age restrictions for gambling in video games, despite potential risks to children
(Australia) -- According to a 2018 report by Digital Australia, 97% of Australian households with children have at least one device for playing video games. More than 60...

5/3/2018

article Activision Blizzard generated $1.97 billion in revenue in Q1 2018
(USA) -- Following a rough start to the day for Activision Blizzard's quarterly earnings call, which saw an unverified summary of the company's quarterly...

5/2/2018

article The History of Donkey Kong Ports is the History of the Gaming Industry
(Worldwide) -- The original Donkey Kong arcade game was, like many games, built from the exhumed corpses of those that came before. When Nintendo of America ordered...

4/30/2018

article Report: Cheating Is Becoming A Big Problem In Online Gaming
(Worldwide) -- In the gaming industry there is a sub-economy for cheaters. They can purchase all kinds of digital tools to get around game rules, and even modified code...

4/28/2018

article Oregon Lottery jackpots drop after reset: 'This wasn't an upgrade. It was a holdup.'
(Oregon) -- As a regular player of video poker, John Childress is well aware that the odds are always stacked in favor of the house, or in this case, the Oregon Lottery...

4/22/2018

article BLOG: Which video game casino would you most like to roll the dice in?
(The Internet) -- A little over a decade ago, Midway – a company spiraling towards bankruptcy – dropped a trailer for what could have been, should have been...

4/21/2018

article The Netherlands Determines Some Loot Boxes are Gambling
(Netherlands) -- In the latest twist in the ongoing saga of loot boxes - or similar items that reward a purchase with an item at random - the Dutch Gaming Authority (or...

4/20/2018

article Court knocks back $3M penalty appeal by online gaming giant Valve
(Washington) -- The High Court of Australia has dismissed an application by one of the world’s largest online gaming companies, Valve Corporation, to appeal a...

4/16/2018

article Could Online Video Games Really Turn Children into Gamblers?
(USA) -- Children who play “free” online video games are at risk of becoming actual gamblers, experts have warned, adding that parents should look for hidden...

4/6/2018

article World Health Organization plans to classify video game addiction as a disease
(Toronto) -- Lisa Pont has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it's truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease,...

4/4/2018

article Gaming addiction taking deadly toll on kids, adults
(Ontario) -- Cameron Adair is a reformed addict. His poison of choice wasn’t cocaine, booze or gambling. It was video games. The Calgary native is part of a rising...
article Video game addiction a disease? WHO prepares to classify ’gaming disorder’
(Toronto) -- Lisa Pont has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease...

3/24/2018

article Gambling companies forced to introduce age checks to stop children playing free games online
(UK) -- All gambling companies will be forced to introduce age checks on their websites in a bid to stop children from using them. The Gambling Commission will next week...

3/18/2018

article Sex offenders are using social media to target children - this is how you can help stop it
(UK) -- Modern technology has many wonderful uses and most of us would not want to live in a world without it. But the internet, particularly social media, is being used...

3/10/2018

article White House releases graphic video showcasing video game violence
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump reportedly opened the meeting by playing the video, asking, "This is violent, isn't it?" It contains moments from M-rated games...

3/9/2018

article The myth of the lonely video gamer playing in solitude is dead
(Illinois) -- Jeff Kaplan met his wife in his 20s, as many do. He was an aspiring writer living in Los Angeles while moonlighting as a Halfling rogue in the multiplayer...

3/2/2018

article Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Is Goofier Than A Cotton Candy Sandwich
(Australia) -- Nightdive Studios is releasing remasters of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil for the Xbox One. I played these remasters. They run...

2/17/2018

article Pipeline attacks in video game spark Great Lakes controversy
(Michigan) -- In the “Thunderbird Strike” video game, the conflict is over oil pipelines crossing Great Lakes landscapes. Some petroleum industry advocates say that it...

2/16/2018

article Can video games change the world? This D.C. startup is giving it a try
(Worldwide) -- The clock starts. You have 60 seconds to virtually flip and match tiles together, like in the classic "Concentration" card game. The goal? Break...

1/17/2018

article Video game channels Anishinaabe mythology to revive animals, destroy oil pipelines
(Michigan) -- The name “America” was drawn from the first name of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who died in 1512. But the first inhabitants of what...

1/12/2018

article L.A. 'swatting' suspect charged with manslaughter in Kansas over hoax call that led to fatal police shooting
(California) -- The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal “swatting” incident in the U.S. has been charged with...

1/9/2018

article The Physiology of Gaming
(Internet) -- When Dr. Nora Volkow and I were interviewed by NPR in 2013, she was asked if games were addictive, or being designed with that intent. It's a complex...

1/8/2018

article Real-life Cree leader doesn’t like the way his people are portrayed in Civilization 6: Rise and Fall
(Canada) -- Although it’s likely many Civilization fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Rise and Fall, this expansion for 2016’s award-winning...

1/6/2018

article Poundmaker singer says crafting music for Civilization game an 'awesome experience'
(Saskatchewan) -- When Clyde Tootoosis got a call to be part of creating music for a strategy video game, it seemed like an amazing chance to gain global exposure for...

1/4/2018

article WHO classifying video game addiction as a mental disorder enrages social media
(UK) -- The recent news that the World Health Organisation is to classify gaming disorder as an official mental health condition has received many angry responses on the...

1/1/2018

article Former CoD Pro Teep Hits Announces a Milestone Reached on Twitch
(Internet) -- Call of Duty legend Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow announced that he hit a new milestone on Twitch. During his time competing, TeePee was one of the...
article Pro video gamers are working hard and living the dream
(Internet) -- Seventeen-year old Jay Won, better known as Sinatraa, is playing in California with the rest of the gang. But this isn't a Rat Pack tribute act. This...

12/30/2017

article ‘Swatting’ is a trend and it just killed an innocent man in Kansas
(Kansas) -- A police officer in Wichita shot and killed a man after responding to a prank call about a fake shooting and hostages. The trend, known as “swatting,...

12/29/2017

article An alleged swatting incident in the CoD community turned deadly in Wichita
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article Police Investigate If Kansas Shooting Death Followed Online Gaming Prank
(Kansas) -- Authorities are investigating whether a deadly police shooting in Wichita stemmed from someone making up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend upon a...
article Do you have a gaming disorder?
(Wisconsin) -- Earlier this week the World Health Organization announced the addition of a gaming disorder to their official list of diseases. How do you know when your...
article Unarmed Kansas Man Killed By Officers Responding To Prank Call, Police Say
(Kansas) -- Police in Kansas say a man was fatally shot by an officer who was lured to the home by a prank emergency call that may have been related to a dispute over...

12/26/2017

article Video gaming disorder to be officially recognised for first time
(Worldwide) -- There's no denying that as the gaming industry continues to grow, so does the controversy surrounding whether or not games are risky for your health....
article WHO to classify 'Gaming Disorder' as a mental health condition in 2018
(Worldwide) -- The draft now lists a variety of behaviours that clinicians could use to determine if a person's gaming has become a serious health condition. The...

12/25/2017

article WHO to add 'gaming disorder' as a mental condition in 2018
(London) -- Are your kids addicted to video games? Beware, soon their behaviour might be classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organisation (WHO),...
article Video game developers encounter funding woes
(Florida) -- Hezekiah Olopade has just received a lesson in building video games. Now that his virtual reality-based escape room has been built, however, the 26-year-old...

12/21/2017

article WHO To Officially Recognize Video Gaming Disorder As A Mental Health Condition In 2018
(Worldwide) -- Can you be addicted to video games? The World Health Organisation (WHO) thinks so as it will be adding gaming disorders to its International...

12/20/2017

article How the Internet changed the gaming industry
(Internet) -- Gaming has come a long way since early computer games like Atari’s Pong broke onto the scene in the late 1970’s. Since that time, an entire...

12/17/2017

article The Guardian view on teenage gambling: staking on dopamine
(UK) -- The worlds of late childhood and early adolescence are absorbing, often overwhelming, and at best partially accessible to the adults orbiting them. So it is...

12/16/2017

article How User Behavior Is Scoring Points in the Gaming Industry and Could Score You Points Too
(USA) -- If you think the gaming industry is represented by the somewhat pathetic image of a 35-year-old male playing Age of Empires in his mother’s basement, you...

12/14/2017

article Real Danger of Loot Boxes Still Unknown, Gambling Commission Says
(UK) -- Even if players aren't technically gambling, video games and their use of loot boxes and microtransactions may still pose similar threats to children that...
article Canada Takes Measures to Protect Children from Gambling-Related Issues
(Quebec) -- Canada is in the top ten of the world’s biggest gamblers. According to various statistics, more than 75% of the Canadian adults have been involved in...
article The UK Gambling Commission is Clueless About Video Games
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission's yearly survey of young people and their perspectives on gambling has been published and, as was leaked to the BBC, this year it...
article Children start gambling to make money
(UK) -- Young people are taking up gambling with the aim of making money, a charity has warned. Statistics revealed by the Gambling Commission have revealed that four in...

12/12/2017

article 25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds
(UK) -- About 25,000 children aged between 11 and 16 are problem gamblers, with many learning to bet via computer games and social media, according to a report that has...
article New Zealand Gambling Authority Claims Loot Boxes Are Not Gambling
(New Zealand) -- The ongoing debate regarding the wide-spread loot boxes in video games continues to give food for thought to many experts in the gaming industry.

12/10/2017

article BLOG: How Will Gambling Laws Affect Video Games?
(USA) -- Recently, Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee decided to investigate loot boxes as a form of gambling. He came to a fast conclusion that loot boxes are indeed...

12/9/2017

article Lawmaker Working to Ban Sale of Games With 'Lootboxes' to Minors
(Hawaii) -- Chris Lee, a member of Hawaii’s state House of Representatives, is drafting legislation that would prohibit the sale of games with randomized in-app...
article Hawaii State Rep Is Drafting Bill Barring Minors From Buying Games With Loot Boxes
(Hawaii) -- Imagine a 17-year-old gamer tossing a copy of the Teen-rated Star Wars Battlefront 2 onto his local GameStop’s checkout counter, only to be asked:...
article Loot boxes in video games: Cool rewards or gambling trap?
(Singapore) -- The Force has not been with the video game industry - it has come under scrutiny by regulators across the world for gambling-like mechanics in several...
article Why loot boxes can be as addictive as gambling
(Singapore) -- Virtual loot boxes bought in video games with real cash for a chance to get in-game goodies may not technically be considered gambling. But they can be as...

12/8/2017

article Video Game “Loot Boxes” Are Like Gambling for Kids — and Lawmakers Are Circling
(UK) -- In mid-November, video game publisher Electronic Arts released “Star Wars Battlefront II,” a multiplayer shooter for consoles and PCs. The title is...

12/7/2017

article Video-gaming terminals are not what Philly needs, Council members say
(Pennsylvania) -- Just say no. That’s what Philadelphia plans to tell the state when it comes to putting video-gaming terminals and a satellite mini-casino in the...
article Older Generations Could Stave Off Alzheimer's By Playing Video Games
(UK) -- By now you’re probably used to hearing that sitting inside playing video games all day is really bad for your health (not to mention, giving you square...

12/2/2017

article 19-year-old gambling addict lays out a case against video game microtransactions
(The Internet) -- In a powerful open letter to the video game industry, a 19-year-old gambling addict gave a first-hand account of how in-game microtransactions and loot...

12/1/2017

article Gambling-addicted teen begs EA to reconsider microtransaction strategy
(Internet) -- An open letter to EA DICE has emerged from a self-confessed gambling addict who claims to have spent over $13,000 on microtransactions in the last three...
article Red Dead Redemption 2 Publisher Does Not View Loot Boxes As Gambling
(Arizona) -- Take-two president Karl Slatoff commented on the recent controversy surrounding loot boxes at the Credit Suisse 21st Annual Technology Conference in...
article Online gambling still king of the UK gambling mountain
(UK) -- Online gambling remains the dominant engine of the overall UK gaming industry, according to new figures from the national regulator. On Thursday, the UK Gambling...

11/30/2017

article Rage over pay-to-win 'Star Wars' game draws attention from lawmakers
(Internet) -- A new "Star Wars" video game is drawing fire for a feature that essentially allowed money instead of skill to determine who wins. Game giant...
article Danish Gambling Authority says Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes not gambling but are concerned
(Denmark) -- The Danish Gambling Authority has issued a statement following concerns raised by Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes. The organisation has set out three...
article Game publisher Take-Two doesn’t think that loot boxes are gambling
(Internet) -- Loot boxes in video games have been a contentious topic over the last few months, as more and more titles relegate progression systems and rewards to what...

11/29/2017

article No, Take-Two Interactive doesn’t think loot boxes are gambling
(USA) -- Take-Two Interactive president Karl Slatoff has recently commented on the ongoing issue regarding video game microtransactions. During the Credit Suisse 21st...
article Meet The 19-Year-Old Who Spent Over $17,000 On Microtransactions
(Australia) -- At the height of the controversy surrounding microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront 2, a Reddit user who goes by the name Kensgold posted an open...
article Teen Describes $10,000 Loot Box Habit
(USA) -- While player frustration may be fueling the recent debate surrounding microtransactions, loot boxes and Star Wars: Battlefront II, the real issue at hand is the...
article Electronic Arts' bungled 'Star Wars' game launch wiped out more than $3B in stock value
(New York) -- Electronic Arts’ bungled launch of the latest “Star Wars” game wiped more than $3 billion from the company’s stock value. EA...
article Video game stocks drop as Wall Street debates industry future after EA’s monetization ‘debacle’
(New York) -- The gaming industry is buzzing over the viability of publishers' in-game money-making practice or so-called micro-transactions. Activision Blizzard,...
article Video game stocks drop as Wall Street debates industry future after EA’s monetization ‘debacle’
(USA) -- The gaming industry is buzzing over the viability of publishers' in-game money-making practice or so-called micro-transactions. Activision Blizzard,...

11/28/2017

article 'Loot boxes' and pay-to-win features in games look a lot like gambling
(Australia) -- Do you play Angry Birds? Candy Crush? Pokémon Go? You're part of a huge and growing global digital games industry. And even if you pay nothing to...
article EA Shares Plummet After 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' Loot Box Fiasco
(New York) -- EA share prices have fallen 8.5% month-to-date, wiping out $3.1 billion in shareholder value in the process, all thanks to backlash over Star Wars:...

11/27/2017

article Games industry takes first step toward lootbox regulation — without the government
(The Internet) -- A handful of gaming industry experts have announced the formation of the National Committee for Games Policy to influence government regulation of the...
article State Rep to Video Game Industry: Regulate Loot Boxes Before We Are Forced to Legislate
(Hawaii) -- The Attorney General of Hawaii is weighing the legal issues potentially surrounding Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront II and its use of what...

11/26/2017

article Orland Park Holds Town Hall To Re-Consider Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- Orland Park village trustees are seeking public input into the possibility of changing a local ordinance currently prohibiting video gaming within the...

11/25/2017

article Australian Officials Concur That Loot Boxes Are Gambling
(Australia) -- An Australian user on Reddit has posted a correspondence he had about loot boxes with a representative of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor...
article UK Gambling Commission Releases Official Statement Explaining Its Stance on Loot Boxes
(UK) -- In the midst of the debate surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in video games, and conflicting statements from various authorities around the world, the...
article OP/ED: Can a video game constitute gambling? Don’t bet on it
(Wisconsin) -- In 2004, the video game "Star Wars Battlefront" was released. It was a monumental game, for it immersed the player in the Star Wars universe and...

11/24/2017

article Regulatory Officials to Examine Video Game Gambling
(Hawaii) -- Hawaii State Rep. Chris Lee is among a growing number of lawmakers who are focusing their attention on the controversial video game gambling business in...
article UK Gambling Commission stresses it is monitoring video game loot boxes after global controversy
(UK) -- The UK gambling regulator, the Gambling Commission, has laid out its position on the controversial question of loot boxes in video games. The concept of loot...
article UK Gambling Commission Wants to “Keep Children Safe” From Loot Boxes Following Battlefront 2
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission has stated that they "have a responsibility to keep children and young people safe" in the wake of the controversy...

11/23/2017

article Labeling loot boxes as 'gambling' isn't just dangerous for EA. It's dangerous for gamers, too.
(USA) -- It's possible for "Loot boxes can be bad in video games" and "Loot boxes are not actually a form of gambling" to both be true. On...

11/21/2017

article Belgium pushes to ban loot boxes in Europe
(Belgium) -- Belgium’s Gaming Commission has determined that loot boxes in gaming are gambling, according to a report from the news website VTM (first reported by...
article EA insists loot boxes are not gambling – but turns off in-game purchases for Battlefront II
(Washington) -- Top game developer Electronic Arts is standing by its use of the loot box system in video games, telling Gamespot that “crate mechanics… are...
article State Legislators Weigh Law to Block Sale of 'Battlefront II' to Children
(Hawaii) -- Two Hawaiian state representatives are looking into possible state legislation that would ban the sale of Electronic Arts' Star Wars Battlefront II to...

11/20/2017

article EA insists that Star Wars Battlefront II loot boxes aren't gambling
(USA) -- With the gambling authorities of both Belgium and the Netherlands now looking into the implementation of loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II, publisher EA...

11/19/2017

article In Response to Investigations, EA Says Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling
(Washington) -- Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) said Thursday that the so-called “loot boxes” that appear in Star Wars Battlefront 2 do not...

11/18/2017

article How a Star Wars video game faced charges that it was promoting gambling
(USA) -- Imagine buying a new chess set. Chess is your favorite game. Also you love “Star Wars.” It’s a Star Wars chess set! Now imagine playing your...

11/17/2017

article European lawmakers to consider legal status of loot box gambling
(Europe) -- Gambling regulators in Belgium and the Netherlands are launching separate investigations into the issue of loot boxes in video games, which some campaigners...
article Star Wars Battlefront II Loot Boxes Under Investigation in Belgium
(Internet) -- Although there is no guarantee that that is the way the commission will rule, especially considering the stance of several worldwide game rating...

11/14/2017

article How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online
(USA) -- One humid morning this past summer, Omeed Dariani drove his black Tesla sedan through the foothills east of San Diego, looking apprehensive.

11/10/2017

article South Park’s new mobile game pits cowboys against Native Americans in a battle of cards
(Internet) -- Can’t get enough of South Park on TV? The show now has a brand new mobile game to kill several hours – and poor little Kenny too. Available for...
article DARPA is looking for advanced war gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- War gaming has become more popular as the Department of Defense struggles to anticipate what future conflicts might look like. A little judicious...

11/6/2017

article How ‘barcades’ have led to a renaissance of the video game arcade
(UK) -- Thirty years ago, there used to be a video game arcade on almost every high street in towns and cities across the UK, but the mass appeal of gaming consoles as...

11/5/2017

article ‘Game-Bling’: Are Loot Boxes Turning Games Into Casinos?
(Internet) -- If you've been on any gaming website in the last few weeks, you are sure to have come across the great microtransactions debate, which has been raging...
article The ESRB Is Wrong About Loot Boxes And Gambling
(Internet) -- Today, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, stated publicly that the hot new monetization trend in video games, loot boxes, don't qualify...
article Despite Controversy, Counter-Strike Gambling Guy Still Officially Repping Call Of Duty
(UK) -- Trevor “TMartn” Martin, best known for violating FTC regulations by running an elephant circus, has returned to the spotlight alongside today’s...
article Anton Agranovsky joins Advisory Board of international videogames streaming platform Play2Live
(Internet) -- Anton Agranovsky joined Advisory Board of Play2Live, which is an international videogames streaming platform providing new kind of solution for gamers,...

11/4/2017

article Video gambling cafe moves into vacant space in East Dundee
(Illinois) -- Two entrepreneurs are hoping to help breathe new life into East Dundee's River Valley Shopping Plaza with their upscale video gambling cafe concept. T....
article With A New Gift, Chinese Games Billionaire Takes Step To Treat Brain Diseases
(China) -- Tianqiao Chen became a billionaire more than a decade ago thanks to the games developed by his firm Shanda Interactive Entertainment. A series of panic...

11/1/2017

article This Land is My Land is a new Western open-world PC game, first screenshots & details
(USA) -- Game Labs has announced that it is working on a Western open-world third-person game for the PC, called This Land is My Land. This Land is My Land a single...

10/30/2017

article Are video games encouraging children to gamble?
(UK) -- Experts have argued that 'loot boxes' in video games are a form of gambling. One psychologist has said that the boxes, which regularly appear in games...

10/28/2017

article Loot box brouhaha: Are video games becoming too much like gambling?
(Canada) -- One of the most enticing elements of Overwatch, the massively popular multiplayer shooter that launched in 2016, are its loot boxes. Every time you level up...
article UK Government Responds to Petition Against Gambling, Loot Boxes in Video Games
(UK) -- The UK government has issued a response to a petition that called for actions to be taken that would adapt gambling laws to include video game gambling.

10/25/2017

article Are Loot Boxes An Illegal Gambling Mechanic?
(USA) -- A member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament has opened an inquiry into the legality of loot boxes. Loot boxes are virtual items that may be redeemed to...

10/21/2017

article Miami University competes in varsity level video gaming
(Florida) -- Move over, football, basketball and baseball; there’s a new sport getting attention at Miami University. As of this fall, Miami U has a varsity...

10/20/2017

article Questionable Ethics: Lootboxes, Skin Markets and Gambling
(The Internet) -- There has been a rising level of concern this year over the increasing amount of luck and randomisation elements gradually being injected into games as...
article The business of addiction: how the video gaming industry is evolving to be like the casino industry
(The Internet) -- The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies, hiring psychologists,...

10/18/2017

article Video Gaming Revenue Continues To Rise; Surpasses Casinos
(Illinois) -- Revenues from video gaming are outpacing those from casinos for the first time in Illinois. Video gaming machines brought in $296 million to Illinois...
article Joysticks and Jackpots: What are video game gambling machines?
(UK) -- If poker is the casino's foremost game of strategy and skill, then slots is its mindless antithesis: Place your bet, press the button, repeat. Heck, these...

10/16/2017

article Issue of loot box ‘gambling’ in video games attracts attention of UK politicians
(UK) -- The debate over loot boxes in video games has reached the British Parliament, with Labour politician Daniel Zeichner asking the Department of Digital, Culture,...
article U.K. Lawmaker Questions if Gaming Loot Boxes Are Gambling
(UK) -- An online discussion has prompted one U.K. lawmaker to question whether or not loot boxes should be considered gambling. Over the past few years, several triple-...

10/15/2017

article PEGI Puts Loot Box Gambling Debate In The Hands Of Gambling Commissions
(Europe) -- The Pan European Gaming Information trade body organization was asked to offer a statement about the current direction of loot boxes in triple-A games,...
article Petition Seeks Response From British Parliament Regarding Loot Box Gambling
(UK) -- The British aren’t standing by idly when it comes to the issue of loot boxes popping up in games like Forza 7, Shadow of War and the upcoming Battlefront...

10/13/2017

article Gambling in Video Games May Be Debated in Parliament
(UK) -- Gambling in video games may soon become a matter for Parliamentary review after an official petition was submitted to the UK government’s website.

10/12/2017

article Are ‘loot boxes’ in video games too much like gambling? Ratings board does not think so
(Internet) -- Modern video games which include paid-for loot boxes could be exposing young players to gambling risks, popular gaming YouTuber John Bain has warned.

10/11/2017

article ESRB Won’t Classify In-Game Loot Boxes as Gambling
(USA) -- The gaming industry has been abuzz lately with talk of loot boxes in games. Overwatch may have not been the first, but they certainly popularized the formula in...

10/8/2017

article PewDiePie Scandal: Are Gamers Racist?
(UK) -- YouTube star and gaming phenomenon Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, caused controversy last week by using a racial slur to angrily describe a player...

10/7/2017

article Even a video game's 'Make America Nazi-free Again' slogan ticked some people off
(Internet) -- Being anti-Nazi has typically been a pretty safe bet. For movies and video games, sweeping an entire demographic of people into archetypal villain roles is...

9/28/2017

article Casinos Take Pac-Man, Add Gambling
(Internet) -- Have you ever played Pac-Man for an ungodly amount of time, and thought to yourself, “This would be even better if my savings were on the line...

9/18/2017

article Video gambling revenue constantly rising
(Illinois) -- Just five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, the video gambling revenues are continuing to rise. An annual wagering report from the Illinois...
article How video game companies are using gambling tactics to make customers addicted
(Internet) -- The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies, hiring psychologists,...

9/15/2017

article This NYC Startup Brings Real Gaming to the Casinos
(New York) -- Everyone loves the idea of winning big at the slot machines, collecting your money as the bells and sirens ring; but everyone also knows that this almosts...

9/12/2017

article MORON ALERT: PewDiePie is the Racist Tip of the Racist Video Game Culture Iceberg
(The Internet) -- Earlier this year, Swedish gaming celebrity PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) was on top of the world. He had the most subscribed-to channel on...
article The business of addiction: how the video gaming industry is evolving to be like the casino industry
(USA) -- The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies, hiring psychologists,...

9/9/2017

article Malaysia unblocks gaming website Steam after 'Fight of Gods' video game disabled
(Malaysia) -- Malaysian authorities on Saturday (Sep 9) lifted access restrictions on the website of video gaming platform Steam, after it complied with orders to...

8/5/2017

article The War On Net Neutrality and How It Can Affect Gamers
(Washington D.C.) -- A Basic Look at What Is Net Neutrality. Net neutrality is what keeps internet providers from regulating internet data. This keeps companies from...

8/3/2017

article Dangerous Game
(India) -- Soon the only thing you’d be left with is a picture of me...was the last message by the 14-year-old Mumbai teen, who jumped to his death while...

7/29/2017

article PlayStation Plus Price Hike Announced for Europe
(Europe) -- PlayStation Plus saw a price hike in the US ($50 to $60 for one-year memberships, $18 to $25 for three-month memberships) back in September, and now it...
article PlayStation Plus Price Hiked 25% - PS4 Online Now Costs 50 a Year
(Internet) -- Sony’s put itself in the unenviable position of having the worst value online gaming service in the world, bumping up the asking price for its...

7/22/2017

article Bond University study: Video games in almost every Australian home
(Australia) -- New research by Bond University and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association has found that 97 per cent of households with children have a...

7/10/2017

article The Flourishing Online Casino and Console Industry is Seriously Boosting Canada’s Economy
(Canada) -- The game development industry in Canada is worth an astonishing $3 billion, and is essential to the growing economy of the True North. It is made up of a...

6/21/2017

article Mobile gaming sessions down 10 percent year-over-year, but revenue climbs
(Worldwide) -- The U.S. is leading the world in mobile gaming, accounting for 20 percent of all sessions played. That’s the word from a new industry report on the...

6/16/2017

article Popular casino games on Xbox
(USA) -- Online gaming is slowly taking over, with more people than ever gaming online via console, mobile, tablet or PC. The global gaming industry is projected to top...

6/6/2017

article Major video game group sues Chicago over online game tax
(Illinois) -- Playing Minecraft online in Chicago is 9 percent more expensive than it used to be. That’s because the city of Chicago reinterpreted its longstanding...

6/5/2017

article ESA sues to overturn Chicago online game service tax
(Illinois) -- The Entertainment Software Association today sued the City of Chicago for an amusement tax it levied in 2015 that would require operators of online gaming...

5/30/2017

article Are video games addictive like drugs, gambling? Some who've struggled say yes
(Illinois) -- Adam set his alarm for 3 a.m., when he knew his parents would be fast asleep. He crept downstairs to the family's unfinished basement, and there,...

5/2/2017

article Are your kids safe? Predators reaching children through online games
(Georgia) -- MaryBeth Reeves is used to a lot of chatting. The Georgia mother of quadruplet 10-year-old daughters says it’s rarely quiet in their home. What she...

4/23/2017

article Amazon’s Twitch wants more game-streamers to make money on site
(Internet) -- Amazon.com Inc.’s video streaming site Twitch Interactive is making it easier for aspiring stars to make money, seeking to woo participants soon...

4/15/2017

article Major Nintendo Switch News: Game-Changing Online Service Will Disrupt Gaming
(Internet) -- Nintendo Switch fans are faced with major news this week as the company announces that there will be some big multiplayer disruptions next week. This is...
article How Online Games Can Prepare You for Real Live Play?
(Internet) -- There’s a lot of research out there that suggests that online gaming can actually be beneficial in areas of your real life in a number of ways --...

4/4/2017

article Grand Theft Terra Firma turns Canada's brutal history into a video game
(British Columbia) -- Forget Oregon Trail. What if there was a video game about the settlement of British Columbia — one that was as brutal and "rated A...

3/25/2017

article How video games can teach players about indigenous culture
(South Africa) -- Video games are robust forms of creative expression merging design, code, art and sound. Unfortunately, many games misrepresent or appropriate from...

3/17/2017

article Machine Zone defeats gambling-loss class action in 4th Circuit
(USA) -- Players who lost “virtual gold” at the virtual casino in mobile gaming company Machine Zone’s popular Game of War app did not lose real money...

3/15/2017

article The Difficult History of Indigenous People in Video Games
(Canada) -- The Raven and the Light starts with a car crash. It ends with an almost dream-like ascent to a state of transcendence, narrated by the myth the title...

3/1/2017

article History Of Online Games
(Internet) -- From dial-up bulletin boards to augmented reality headsets, online gaming has leveled up a lot since the 1970s. These advances wouldn’t have been...

2/27/2017

article We are now targetting premium consumer categories like gaming: HP Inc India MD Rajiv Srivastava
(India) -- Gaming in India has seen rapid expansion and adoption in the recent times, says Rajiv Srivastava, managing director, HP Inc India. Not just serious gamers,...

2/19/2017

article GameCo CEO David Graboyes bridging gaps between video and casino games
(Las Vegas) -- Lee Davy sits down with GameCo CEO, David Graboyes, a pioneer, in the world of skill-based video game machines created for the brick and mortar casino...
article Video gaming company that says it can adapt existing games to gambling, moving to Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- In a town known for shows, gambling and resorts, there's an industry blooming – video games. From apps to coding to tournaments that can win big...

1/24/2017

article How a video game is keeping native culture alive
(Alaska) -- Since its launch in 2014, Never Alone, the first video game drawing on Indigenous culture, has been a runaway seller. Called Kisima Ingitchuna in the Inupiaq...

1/22/2017

article VR Gambling Expected To Grow 800% By 2021
(UK) -- With new VR offerings already retailing today at the incredibly affordable price of around £15, this technology has well and truly landed, and the gambling...

1/7/2017

article Quebec to start removing video lottery terminals
(Quebec) -- Quebec will start removing video lottery terminals (VLT’s), from bars as part of a plan to reorganize their distribution and curtail the number of...

1/1/2017

article 'Killer Instinct' Poised for Cultural Accuracy, 'The Legend of Thunder' Update Sports Authentic Indian Warrior Costume
(USA) -- It seems that fighting game "Killer Instinct" can't make up its mind for the tomahawk-wielding, native American character Thunder. A third costume change is...

11/8/2016

article Eve Online’s executive producer speaks out on gambling bans
(The Internet) -- One month ago CCP Games issued a statement that it would change its end user license agreement for the massively multiplayer game Eve Online. That...

10/20/2016

article Video game aims to preserve water through traditional songs
(Ontario) -- Elizabeth LaPensée is well known in gaming circles for creating Indigenous characters for online gaming, comics and animation. She also creates games with...

10/11/2016

article Business is booming: How online gaming fuels cybercrime
(Worldwide) -- The quest to get ahead in games by buying virtual currency is funding elaborate cybercriminal operations, researchers claim. Gaming has come a long way in...

10/10/2016

article Women gamers battle misogyny, violence: Will they breach gaming industry's gender divide?
(Worldwide) -- When you think ‘gamer’, what is the picture that comes to your mind? Are you seeing teenage boys huddled in front of a TV playing Counter-...

9/27/2016

article A.C. casino to debut world's 1st video game gambling machines
(Atlantic City) -- One of Atlantic City's casinos is set to debut what is being pegged as the world's first skill-based video game gambling machine, geared...

9/23/2016

article Why So Many Entrepreneurs Are Drawn to the Gaming Industry
(Worldwide) -- Online gaming is a huge sector and a great place to start if you’re an entrepreneur. There are so many games that you can play on your computer, as...

9/2/2016

article Youth-risk survey shows obesity, video gaming on rise in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Fewer Oklahoma youths are smoking and driving distracted, according to a recent statewide survey, but obesity and video game use are on the rise. The Youth...

8/30/2016

article New lawsuit targets Steam, alleges patent infringement
(Delaware) -- One of the world's oldest telecommunications companies is suing Valve over Steam. British Telecommunications has filed a federal lawsuit against Valve...

8/18/2016

article The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ranked highly for Pokemon Go players
(Las Vegas) -- Are you a Pokemon Go player hunting pocket monsters? Hotel booking site hotels.com suggests The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas may have your quarry. Hotels.com...

8/16/2016

article MORON ALERT: Mich. couple suing Pokémon Go for ruining their quality of life
(Michigan) -- Nintendo says its mission is to "put smiles on people's faces." Scott and Jayme Dodich of St. Clair Shores aren't smiling. Pokémon Go,...

8/12/2016

article Pokémon GO, Augmented Reality and the Future of Gambling
(USA) -- Three weeks ago, in New York City, a Vaporeon appeared in Central Park, causing a stampede. A Vaporeon, as we’re sure you know only too well, is a small,...

8/8/2016

article Online gaming may boost school scores but social media is wasted time, study suggests
(Australia) -- In what could be music to the ears of many parents, teenagers who regularly play online games are more likely to get better school scores, an Australian...
article Positive link between video games and academic performance, study suggests
(Australia) -- Children who play online video games tend to do better in academic science, maths and reading tests, according to an analysis of data from over 12,000...

8/1/2016

article 10 psychosocial reasons why ‘Pokémon Go’ is so appealing
(USA) -- Unless you’re news-shy, off-grid, and/or a hermit, you can’t fail to have noticed all the media hype surrounding Pokémon Go. My youngest son and...

7/30/2016

article The psychology of Pokémon GO
(Canada) -- They're gathering by the dozens in parks and other public outdoor spaces, running all around the city, and are exposing themselves to danger —...

7/27/2016

article South Florida casinos deal with Pokémon craze
(Florida) -- q qThe Pokémon Go sensation has hit local casinos, and the reaction from staff has been mixed. Some are celebrating it, some are unsure what to think, and...
article Pokémon Go Stop on Sacred Burial Site Infuriates Indigenous People
(British Columbia) -- Enthusiasts of Pokémon Go in Prince George, B.C., Canada have been gathering at the entrance at the sacred Lheidli T'enneh burial ground to...
article How Virtual Reality Could Effect Gambling
(USA) -- The question that needs to be answered is “Could the rush experienced by gambling be increased by virtual reality”. It is clear that there are few...

7/26/2016

article Pokémon Go craze catches on even in Internet-challenged Iqaluit
(Nunavut) -- Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm — even in some places you might not suspect. Nunavut has missed out on many online trends, because expensive...
article Pokémon Go Craze: Battle, Train, Win – But No Betting
(USA) -- We are living in a virtual (or perhaps “augmented”) Pokémon explosion. You can’t get away from news of public craze over Pokémon Go. Players...

7/20/2016

article Pokémon GO and Augmented Reality: Science behind the game and craze
(India) -- The Pokémon GO phenomenon has swept over the entire world. The craze to catch the tiny anime creatures has gone viral, even though the game has launched in...

7/14/2016

article Faced with lawsuits, tech company Valve cracks down on online gambling
(Washington) -- Entertainment software and technology company Valve is pushing forward efforts to stop gambling on Steam, its entertainment platform where games like...
article Twitch pulls the plug on CS:GO gambling broadcasts
(USA) -- Twitch is warning streamers not to broadcast or promote Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling on its service. The warning comes in the wake of Valve...
article Valve distances itself from 'Counter-Strike' gambling sites
(Washington) -- Last week the internet was buzzing with news that a few popular YouTube gaming personalities were involved in ethically shady business ventures. No,...
article Video Game Gambling Just Took A Huge Hit
(USA) -- After years of nodding and winking at a multi-billion dollar and potentially illegal gambling industry that drove Counter-Strike: Global Offensive into the...
article How one pro CS:GO player profited from gambling, and how it all went terribly wrong
(USA) -- During the week of E3, nearly a month ago, a small scandal broke out in the Counter-Strike: Go community. Before popular personalities were found to actually be...
article The World of Mobile VR After Pokemon Go
(USA) -- Virtual Reality Gaming isn’t coming, it’s already here. With the introduction of Google Cardboard and the Daydream VR platform, Oculus and HTC...

7/11/2016

article How Pokémon Go hooked millions in just days
(USA) -- By now you’ve likely heard of Pokémon Go, the insanely popular mobile game downloaded 7.5 million times since Thursday. It's taken social media by...

7/9/2016

article CS:GO gambling site accused of offering to rig bets for YouTubers
(USA) -- "Not that I'm a saint in all of this, but I guess it is just a common practice for website owners to be open and okay with proposing rigging." --...
article Online gambling’s weird new frontier: The $2.3 billion business of garishly painted virtual assault rifles
(USA) -- If you’ve never played Counter-Strike, you might not know what a weapon skin is. If you haven’t used weapon skins, you likely don’t know about...

6/25/2016

article Teen was so addicted to online gaming his feet started to rot
(China) -- A teenager’s feet started to rot after a six-day online gaming binge during which he neither fed nor washed himself. The man, aged 19, had reportedly...

6/15/2016

article Video gamers likely to delay bedtime by 100 minutes: Study
(USA) -- Young adults find video gaming so compelling that they often end up delaying bedtime by more than one and half hours on the nights spent gaming, reveals new...

6/14/2016

article VR hardware is here, but robust game lineup isn’t
(California) -- Virtual-reality hardware may be ready for prime time, but the giant producers of video games that make the devices a must-have for gamers aren’t...

6/13/2016

article Global gaming trends: 10% of leisure time now spent gaming
(UK) -- Gaming has firmly moved out of the basement and into the living room and beyond, taking up 10% of global user’s leisure times, according to new research.
article Video game playing negatively influences adequate sleep and bedtimes
(USA) -- A new study found that gamers will push off obtaining adequate sleep in order to continue video gaming. Results show that on average, gamers delayed going to...

6/11/2016

article Gaming lands Shawanaga First Nation man YouTube stardom
(Chicago) -- He has nearly three million fans and when he's not travelling the world, Austin Pamajewon lives in a Chicago mansion — and it's all because he...

6/10/2016

article Confusion, legal wrangling abound with video gaming
(North Carolina) -- When North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents seized more than 300 video gaming machines in a May raid, the action seemed pretty cut and dried.

5/28/2016

article Online Gaming and chatrooms give sexual predators direct access to your kids and open the door to sexploitation
(USA) -- With the advent of the internet, social media, online gaming and chat rooms, people of all ages have access to the other side of the world — and your...

5/6/2016

article Gambling with video games on the rise
(California) -- Flashing lights. Loud, incessant dinging. Near-impossible odds. The miniscule potential to achieve big dreams for very little effort. If there’s...

4/23/2016

article Concern Mounts over Counter-Strike Teen Gambling
(USA) -- Unregulated e-sports gambling was under the spotlight this week. A Bloomberg article published Wednesday sheds light on the unregulated and often underage...

4/21/2016

article Virtual Weapons Are Turning Teen Gamers Into Serious Gamblers
(Worldwide) -- The video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in which players form teams of terrorists and counterinsurgents and shoot at one another, is a favorite...

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