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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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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...
article Simulated gambling games leading to real-life problem gambling, report says
(Australia) -- People who play simulated gambling games for free online are more likely to become problem gamblers in real life, according to a report from the...

4/20/2016

article Meet the gambling kingpin funding Eve Online's biggest war
(The Internet) -- His name is Joe, and he lives in Georgia. But in the world of Eve Online he's known as Lenny Kravitz2 — yes, like the musician — and...
article Exploring the rise of internet gaming
(The Internet) -- Internet gaming has exploded in the last 10 years. Here’s how we got there. As we all know, internet gaming has made some major improvements...

3/22/2016

article Sexual Harassment Drives Women Away from Online Games — Not “Trash Talk”
(The Internet) -- Why do women remain silent in voice-chat on online games, or use gender-neutral user-names? It’s because many women gamers have noticed that the...

3/21/2016

article How Video Games Are Inspiring Indigenous Kids To Get Into Maths And Science
(Australia) -- Indigenous students in Australia are graduating from school at nearly half the rate (41.5 per cent) of their non-Indigenous peers (81.2 per cent)....

3/7/2016

article Indigenous tribe in Brazil creates video game to help preserve culture
(Brazil) -- For indigenous communities grappling with how to preserve their cultures, there's the constant question of how to bridge the gap between historical tradition...

3/5/2016

article Indigenous game designer challenges stereotypes
(Canada) -- Being a woman in the gaming industry is a challenge. When you're an indigenous woman, there's an extra level of stereotype and accepted violence that...
article HTC sold 15,000 Vive units in its first 10 minutes on sale
(Worldwide) -- HTC's Vive virtual reality headset appears to be off to a good start. Shen Ye, who works in HTC's VR division, tweeted last night that HTC sold...

3/4/2016

article Research shines light into darker side of gaming industry
(USA) -- In its early days, the video game industry was perceived as a fun, high-tech business where young creative types were 'paid to play games all day.' Then...

3/3/2016

article Gambling in CSGO: is it a potential social and legal issue?
(USA) -- Counter-Strike Global Offensive has a strange internal economy that's driven in large part by the weapon skins created by the community. It also attracts a...

1/17/2016

article Racist video game pulled from stores after uproar
(Australia) -- A video game allowing players to kill Australian Aboriginals has been removed from mobile stores after more than 50, 000 people signed an online petition...

10/23/2015

article PewDiePie: how the YouTube king clocked up 40m fans and 10bn views
(The Internet) -- With 40 million fans, YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg could have his pick of broadcasters if he decided to move into television....

10/19/2015

article StarCraft II match-fixing and gambling lead to arrests, lifetime bans
(South Korea) -- More than 10 individuals associated with competitive StarCraft II in South Korea have been arrested for match-fixing and gambling, according to media...

10/7/2015

article Why is the gaming industry still so accepting of sexual violence in games?
(Australia) -- Overt and unnecessary sexual violence, particularly against women, is apparent in all forms of entertainment. Even during its formative years, the gaming...

9/8/2015

article PewDiePie Becomes the First YouTube Channel to Reach 10 Billion Views
(The Internet) -- What's cooler than making millions of dollars playing video games? How about making history: YouTube star PewDiePie is officially the first person...

8/28/2015

article Turok and Turok 2 being remastered with enhanced graphics for PC
(USA) -- The games Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil for the N64, about the titular Native-American warrior going up against pre-historic creatures, are...

8/18/2015

article Indigenous girls make video games with 'Indigicade'
(Canada) -- Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry... and youth, indigenous and not, spend a ton of time with a controller in hand. But who is actually making...

8/10/2015

article Friendships fostered through online gaming, new research reports
(Utah) -- Roger Altizer says the Pew Research Center lent legitimacy to a trend he and his colleagues have watched develop for years. Altizer is associate director of...
article Pew Internet Study Finds Teens Make Friends Online Via Gaming, Social Media
(Utah) -- The Internet isn’t the worrisome hell-hole that parents everywhere seem to be freaked out about, says a new study by Pew Research on teens, technology,...

8/6/2015

article Online gaming cultivates real-life friendships
(USA) -- Between working toward his goals to be an English teacher and a rugby coach, Richardson resident James Koepke, 21, finds it difficult to keep up with his...
article China lifts a 15-year ban on the production and sale of video game consoles nationwide
(China) -- On 24 June 2015, the Ministry of Culture (“MOC”), the top regulator for cultural and artistic affairs in China, issued a notice[1] completely...

8/5/2015

article Konami Has Lost It: Silent Hill is Now a Slot Machine
(Japan) -- If ever there’s been a more tragic, painful and almost calculated capitulation in gaming than Konami’s, I would love to see it. It seems like all...

7/30/2015

article Never Alone’s New DLC Is About Preserving Iñupiaq History
(Alaska) -- I never expected the world’s first Alaskan Native video game to come out with DLC. But Never Alone’s new add-on means more than just than just...

7/29/2015

article How Advances in Gaming Is Growing the US Economy
(USA) -- Advancements within the gaming industry have not only benefitted gamers but have also helped contribute to the global economy. In the US alone a report was...

7/13/2015

article Satoru Iwata changed the whole games industry and now leaves it in mourning
(Japan) -- Here is a story about Satoru Iwata. It’s just one moment from his career, but it tells us much about how he thought and why, on the news of his death,...

6/29/2015

article Never Alone and the need for American Indian narratives in games
(USA) -- I'm proudly American Indian. I grew up going to stomp dances, pow-wows, running fires, and even performing a traditional wedding. I carry a turtle shell...

6/28/2015

article Internet addiction treatment now offered in Windsor
(Windsor) -- Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare has announced it is expanding its services to offer treatment for individuals who struggle with video game- and Internet-...

6/22/2015

article Pangnirtung, Nunavut, game studio brings work of Pudlo Pudlat to life
(North Canada) -- Cape Dorset artist and printmaker Pudlo Pudlat was one of the most important Inuit artists of the 20th century. Now, thanks to a new art exhibit by...

6/15/2015

article Creating video games help indigenous girls boost self-confidence
(Toronto) -- Despite her cheerful exterior, Chloe Wobschall has an unusual challenge weighing on her: how can she transform the topic of mental health into a video game...
article Gaming Your Brain
(USA) -- GEORGE YAO WALKED into the bathroom of his unfeasibly small $1,450-a-month San Francisco apartment and slid each of his five iPads into a zip-lock freezer bag....

6/7/2015

article How Tetris Builds Our Gaming I.Q
(Worldwide) -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Cognitive Science is trying to find ways in which we can get better at video games. The Lead...
article The real scars of Korean gaming
(South Korea) -- In a quiet room full of the glistening trophies he's won, Lee Young-ho rolled up the right sleeve on his grey jumper. A scar, half an inch wide,...

6/2/2015

article Israeli tech poised to bring streaming games to US homes
(Israel) -- GameFly, the biggest video game rental service in the US, is moving into the streaming business – and it’s using Israeli video streaming experts...

5/31/2015

article The biggest entertainment markets in the world
(Worldwide) -- The global video game industry has shot past Hollywood to become the fourth biggest entertainment market in the world, behind gambling, reading and TV. A...

5/25/2015

article Why gaming is such a compelling brand of entertainment right now
(USA) -- Is video gaming one of the most exciting entertainment industries right now? There are many who would agree with that statement. But why? What makes now such an...

5/24/2015

article Selling the Young on ‘Gaming Fuel’
(USA) -- Two popular video gamers in black T-shirts posed as snipers wielding real semi-automatic guns at an outdoor range, blasting orbs of fruit and cups of deep...

5/1/2015

article What happens when online video games become an addiction?
(USA) -- Everything seemed perfectly normal with Ami and Michael Marchlik’s four young sons. The boys were doing well in school, they enjoyed sports and had plenty...

4/27/2015

article How video game makers helped Alaska Natives tell a story
(Alaska) -- Launched late last year, Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), an atmospheric puzzler about a young Inupiaq girl and her arctic fox friend, has been warmly...
article Female escorts for online gamers in vogue in China
(China) -- Chinese online gamers tired of playing games online by themselves can now pay between 20-100 yuan (US$3.20-$16) an hour for a female online "escort...

4/8/2015

article Mexico’s Tarahumara Tribe is Getting the Video Game Treatment
(Mexico) -- Nowadays, the gaming industry can feel a little diluted, with limited options for the types of game genres available. Shooters and FIFA are what dominate...

3/29/2015

article Is video gaming a sport? E-gaming finds credibility among colleges, sports networks
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s a Tuesday night in the Willard Building on the Penn State campus. More than 30 students gather in a third-floor room to discuss plays,...

3/17/2015

article Nintendo finally jumps into the smartphone gaming arena
(Japan) -- The Japanese computer game giant Nintendo who has resisted the idea of launching their hugely popular range of games in the form of smartphone apps for years...
article Nintendo games finally coming to smartphones: Can DeNA change Nintendo's DNA?
(Japan) -- The most deeply conservative company in gaming is finally joining the smartphone revolution. Or at least it's dipping its toes into that water, because I...

2/19/2015

article Teen Cuts Off Own Hand to “Cure Internet Addiction”
(China) -- A Chinese teenager who claimed to be addicted to the internet attempted to cure his addiction by cutting off his own hand. The 19-year-old, who for some...

2/18/2015

article Belgian Gaming Commision slams Game of War’s ‘casino-style’ format
(Belgium) -- The Belgian Gaming Commission (or BGC) is taking up arms over what it perceives to be the purposefully casino-like tactics utilized by the free-to-play...

1/27/2015

article 'The malware threat to online games is growing'
(The Internet) -- Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, reveals the latest tactics being adopted by cyber criminals in their attempts to steal from...

1/18/2015

article Taiwanese man dies after three-day online gaming binge
(Taiwan) -- A Taiwan-based man has been found dead in an internet cafe after a spending three days straight on a marathon gaming binge.

1/13/2015

article Teen calmly explains how he murdered fellow online gamer
(UK) -- This is the chilling recording of the emergency call a sadistic killer made to police just hours after murdering a teenage friend. Remaining calm during the call...
article Lizard Squad hacked Internet home routers to knock Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks offline
(The Internet) -- The Lizard Squad hacking mayhem seems to be over, at least for now, and investigators are currently digging deeper as to how the notorious group...

1/4/2015

article Gamergate: Woman blames online harassers for hoax that sent 20 Portland cops to her former home
(Oregon) -- Grace Lynn is used to the online threats. She says her fellow video gamers have been after her for months. Friday night, the cyber harassment spilled into...

1/2/2015

article Electronic sports growing in popularity
(The Internet) -- It's a tournament, but not necessarily the sporting event you would expect. All the drama and excitement involves video games, complete with...

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