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Loot boxes a matter of "life or death," says researcher

In the opening panel of the Federal Trade Commission's workshop on loot boxes yesterday, representatives of the industry and consumer and watchdog groups gave the federal regulator a lay of the land on the issue, detailing what they are, how they work, and why some people have problems with them. There was a measured tone to the meeting that apparently didn't sit well with York St John University researcher Dr. David Zendle, who later led off the day's discussion from a panel of academics.

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11/22/2019

article Andrew Yang Takes Aim at Loot Boxes, Says They are Harmful to Children
(USA) -- Democrat and presidential candidate Andrew Yang recently questioned the economics and psychological effects of loot boxes. His concerns were made clear in a...
article Loot boxes increasingly common in video games despite addiction concerns
(UK) -- “Loot boxes” are becoming increasingly prevalent on computer video games despite rising alarm over the early exposure of children to gambling, new...

10/29/2019

article Problem gamblers spend less money when loot boxes are removed from a game: a before and after study of Heroes of the Storm
(Internet) -- Loot boxes are items in video games that may be paid for with real-world money, but which contain randomised contents. There is a reliable correlation...

10/23/2019

article Loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws, Children's Commissioner recommends
(Internet) -- The Children’s Commissioner for England, an official but independent role advocating for children’s rights and interests, has recommended that...

10/11/2019

article Loot Boxes Are A Lucrative Game Of Chance, But Are They Gambling?
(USA) -- Loot boxes are mystery boxes purchased through video games, and they are a multi-billion dollar industry. But are they gambling and should they be legal?

10/1/2019

article CS:GO introduces an X-ray scanner for skin containers in France
(France) -- Valve has introduced an X-ray scanner for skin containers for users in France in the latest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update. French users get access...
article CS:GO’s new loot box X-ray Scanner ruins French ethical surprise mechanics
(France) -- We are not sure if we should be impressed with Valve’s ingenuity or utterly horrified at the news that CS:GO players in France are now equipped with a...

9/14/2019

article The ESA 'strongly disagrees' with UK commission's finding on loot boxes
(UK) -- Earlier this week the UK's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issued a report recommending that loot boxes in videogames be subject to the same...
article Video games have become a form of gambling – so why can't we regulate them as such?
(UK) -- I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by stupid little treasure chests. Or at least that’s how it feels. Over the past decade, I’ve watched...

9/13/2019

article Regulate loot boxes under gambling law, Parliament committee recommends
(UK) -- A UK Parliament committee have recommended that the government declare certain types of loot box to be games of chance which must be regulated under gambling...

9/12/2019

article BLOG: Regulate loot boxes under gambling law, Parliament committee recommends
(UK) -- A UK Parliament committee have recommended that the government declare certain types of loot box to be games of chance which must be regulated under gambling...
article British MPs Demand Loot Box “Gambling” Ban For Young Gamers
(UK) -- The U.K. doesn't always talk about Brexit, even if it's exhaustively dominated our politics and society for the last three years straight. Occasionally,...
article Parliamentarians recommend underage ban on video game ‘loot boxes’
(UK) -- In the United Kingdom and a group of parliamentarians has reportedly recommended that the video games industry be prohibited from allowing those under the age of...
article UK officials call for loot boxes to be regulated like gambling
(UK) -- Regulators in both the US and the UK have been investigating the loot box mechanics found in many games to see if they should be considered gambling.

9/11/2019

article Video game loot boxes should be classed as gambling, says Commons
(UK) -- Video game loot boxes should be regulated as gambling and children barred from purchasing them, a House of Commons committee has advised. The recommendation...

9/10/2019

article BLOG: Surprise, NBA 2K20 Is Still Full Of Bullshit Microtransactions
(USA) -- The NBA 2K series has, for years now, been an excellent basketball game beset on all sides by predatory microtransaction practices. If you’re looking for a 2019...

9/8/2019

article Gaming hot topics debate: loot boxes, addiction, parental advice, esports hype, and store wars
(California) -- We had a raucous but intelligent debate about video game hot topics at the recent GameDaily Connect event in Anaheim, California. Under the lights of the...

9/6/2019

article Is NBA 2K20 A Virtual Casino Inside A Basketball Game?
(USA) -- The row over whether loot boxes concealing randomized virtual items in video games constitutes gambling has rumbled on for years. However, new release NBA 2K20...

8/29/2019

article Not Content With Just Loot Boxes, 'NBA 2K20' Has Actual Casino Games
(Internet) -- You may as well smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, according to a breathtaking new ad for NBA 2K20’s increasingly casino-like MyTeam feature...

8/28/2019

article BLOG: NBA 2K20's MyTeam Trailer Looks Like a Casino
(USA) -- NBA 2K20 is hitting store shelves very soon, set to bring new tricks and skills to the professional basketball frontrunner. But the series has often found...
article NBA 2K20’s loot boxes aren’t gambling? You wouldn’t know from this trailer
(USA) -- Two years ago, the president of the publishing company over the NBA 2K series said they don’t view the card packs and loot boxes it offers as gambling....
article Not Content With Just Loot Boxes, 'NBA 2K20' Has Actual Casino Games
(Internet) -- You may as well smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, according to a breathtaking new ad for NBA 2K20’s increasingly casino-like MyTeam feature...

8/27/2019

article Video game ‘loot boxes’ are going away and it could crush Rocket League’s black market
(Internet) -- The developers behind Rocket League are preparing to rid the game of its loot boxes, a system for randomized in-game purchases critics say amounts to...

8/23/2019

article Loot boxes and the convergence of video games and gambling
(USA) -- The lines between video games and gambling have blurred over the past decade. The most prominent example of this overlap is loot boxes: items or rewards in...

8/16/2019

article BLOG: The Loot Box Controversy: Gaming or Gambling?
(Internet) -- The controversy behind loot boxes, or loot crates, doesn’t seem to be settling down anytime soon. These are digital treasure chests that gamers can buy...

8/10/2019

article Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Will Require Loot Boxes to Disclose Odds Starting in 2020
(Internet) -- Gamers will have a better idea of what to expect when they open loot boxes next year, as Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have all agreed to start requiring...

8/9/2019

article Loot boxes a matter of "life or death," says researcher
(Washington D.C.) -- In the opening panel of the Federal Trade Commission's workshop on loot boxes yesterday, representatives of the industry and consumer and...

8/8/2019

article Big Game Companies Will Start Openly Disclosing Loot Box Odds, Says ESA
(USA) -- The games industry has been saturated with debate surrounding the issue of loot boxes, a gambling-like feature in many games that allows you to pay for randomly...
article Video-Game Policies Change After ‘Loot Box’ Criticism
(USA) -- The video-game industry -- responding to criticism that in-game purchases can amount to gambling or tempt kids into overspending -- is changing its policies....

8/1/2019

article FTC Loot Box Summit Agenda Outlines Three Key Areas
(USA) -- The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set a date and an agenda for its upcoming public workshop on video game loot boxes. The event, which will...

7/30/2019

article BLOG: Hunting for a solution to gaming’s ‘loot boxes’
(Internet) -- They’re hated by government regulators, loved by video game developers, and loved and hated by gamers. So what is to be done about “loot boxes...

7/25/2019

article UK regulator: Loot boxes fall outside of current gambling law
(UK) -- The United Kingdom’s chief regulator of gambling told Parliament that loot boxes — specifically mentioning the FIFA series’ Ultimate Team card...

7/24/2019

article Video game loot boxes ‘not classified as gambling’ in UK
(UK) -- According to an article from the BBC, Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McCarthur says that, under current legislation, video game loot boxes aren’t...

7/23/2019

article FIFA Loot Boxes Aren't Gambling According to UK Commission
(UK) -- A UK-based gambling watchdog has found that loot boxes in FIFA and other video games do not constitute gambling, at least under current laws.
article UKGC really wants to crack down on video game gambling
(UK) -- Regulators in the U.K. have been keeping the gambling industry in line, and specifically preventing it from harming children as much as it possibly can. But now...
article UKGC Unable To Act On Loot Boxes Due To Current Regulations
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) admitted at a recent committee meeting organized by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that it cannot do anything...

7/22/2019

article Fifa packs and loot boxes 'not gambling' in UK
(UK) -- The UK gambling watchdog has told MPs that it does not currently oversee the purchase of in-game content like Fifa player packs and video game loot boxes. This...
article Video games that sell loot boxes could be a 'gateway to gambling' for children
(UK) -- The UK gambling regulator has said it shares concern about loot boxes in video games but warned that the current law makes it hard to define them as gambling....

7/15/2019

article SNP conference: Motion says loot boxes are akin to 'gambling'
(Scotland) -- LOOT boxes have been compared to Kinder Eggs and packs of stickers, but two Scottish politicians believe they’re more akin to gambling and are...

7/2/2019

article Not enough evidence to show loot boxes are gambling, says Digital Minister
(UK) -- There is not enough evidence available to suggest that loot boxes in video games constitute gambling, the Digital Minister has said. Loot boxes are packs of in-...

7/1/2019

article Study: Video game 'loot boxes' linked to gambling addiction in young people
(Washington D.C.) -- A new study claims "loot boxes" and "pay to win" systems in video games can cause gambling addictions in young people. These...

6/29/2019

article Surprise mechanics or loot boxes?
(Canada) -- Just when you think the gaming world can’t get any sleazier or complicated in comes Electronic Arts and Epic games just to name two. Before I start, I...

6/27/2019

article The video game industry is facing government scrutiny over loot boxes, and the most powerful leaders in gaming are divided over what to do
(Internet) -- The concept of loot boxes is nothing new. Every kid who's ever purchased a pack of sports cards is already familiar with the idea of buying something...

6/23/2019

article The video game industry is facing government scrutiny over loot boxes, and the most powerful leaders in gaming are divided over what to do
(USA) -- The concept of loot boxes is nothing new. Every kid who's ever purchased a pack of sports cards is already familiar with the idea of buying something with...

6/22/2019

article EA calls its loot boxes ‘surprise mechanics,’ says they’re used ethically
(Washington) -- A senior executive at Electronic Arts told the United Kingdom’s Parliament that the company prefers to call loot boxes “surprise mechanics,...

6/19/2019

article EA: Our Loot Boxes Are Actually 'Surprise Mechanics' That Are 'Quite Ethical'
(UK) -- Given that 2017's Star Wars Battlefront II is broadly considered the tipping point in an anti-loot-box conversation that has recently led to a loot box bill...

6/1/2019

article Anti-loot box bill poses a real threat to sports video games
(USA) -- If passed in anything close to its proposed form, Sen. Josh Hawley’s anti-microtransaction legislation will punish, if not obliterate, a staple genre of...

5/30/2019

article Google cracks down on video game 'loot boxes' amid child gambling concerns
(USA) -- Google this week updated its rules on so-called loot boxes, a game feature that has been accused of encouraging gambling and addiction among children and could...

5/29/2019

article BLOG: Loot Box Bill "Riddled With Inaccuracies," Says ESA
(USA) -- A bill that would ban loot boxes has been officially introduced before the United States Senate. Now industry lobbying group the Entertainment Software...

5/28/2019

article ESA: loot box proposal 'flawed and riddled with inaccuracies,' bill gains bipartisan support
(Worldwide) -- Loot boxes have been a hot topic in gaming for the last few years, and the conversation has gone beyond the gaming industry to reach lawmakers in various...
article Games industry being "dragged through the mud" by Belgian loot box ruling
(Belgium) -- Last year, the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) released a report into loot boxes and ruled the mechanic constituted gambling, regardless as to whether it...

5/25/2019

article Hawley Introduces ‘Loot Box’ Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Joined by two Democratic colleagues, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) on Thursday officially floated his proposed ban on "pay-to-win"...
article The risky use of video game ‘loot boxes’ is associated with problematic gambling behaviors
(USA) -- Engagement with “loot boxes” — randomly generated prizes of undisclosed value that can be attained or purchased within a game — is...

5/23/2019

article A New Bill Could Push Candy Crush Maker and Others to Curb Kids’ Purchases
(Washington D.C.) -- Video game makers including Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. might have to block young players from buying some features or else...
article Bill to ban the sale of loot boxes to children presses forward with bipartisan support
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) will be formally introducing his bill to ban the sale of loot boxes to children, and two of his Democratic colleagues...
article GOP, Dem Senators officially introduce loot box, “pay-to-win” legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- Weeks ago, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released an outline for the The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, aimed at stopping randomized loot...
article Nintendo withdraws support for 2 games in Belgium over loot boxes
(Worldwide) -- The debate over whether or not loot boxes are a form of gambling might still not be decided, but it’s certainly starting to affect bottom lines....

5/19/2019

article Insomniac Games Artist Says Free-to-Play System Is ‘Lifted Directly’ From Gambling
(Washington) -- A controversial tweet this weekend by game engine developer, Unity, has sparked a conversation about how free-to-play games seek inspiration from the...

5/13/2019

article Are Video Games Encouraging Kids to Gamble? "Loot Box" Reform Would Curb In-Game Purchases
(Washington D.C.) -- Video games are big business. The industry is worth an estimated $140 billion. In recent years, a lot of that money is coming from in-game purchases...

5/11/2019

article Missouri Senator Proposes Banning Loot Boxes, ‘Pay-to-Win’ Features from Video Games
(Missouri) -- Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) says he is planning to introduce a bill that would ban “manipulative” features in video games marketed at...

5/9/2019

article U.S. Regulation of Loot Boxes Heats Up with Announcement of New Legislation
(USA) -- Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent shockwaves through the video game industry this week when he formally announced that he intends on introducing new legislation that...

5/8/2019

article U.S. Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Loot Boxes And Pay-To-Win Microtransactions
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) today announced a bill that would ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions in “games played by minors,...
article Another loot box study finds similarities to gambling, leaves questions
(British Columbia) -- Researchers for the University of British Columbia have confirmed a link between loot boxes and gambling. Specifically they found that if you...
article Sweden officially investigates loot boxes
(Sweden) -- As it was reported yesterday by Swedish TV channel SVT, the Swedish government will now officially investigate loot boxes. The investigation will be carried...

5/6/2019

article BLOG: Lootbox engagement is correlated with gambling, study says
(Internet) -- A new study finds purchasing lootboxes puts consumers at higher risk for gambling behaviors.

5/4/2019

article Video game loot boxes look a lot like gambling, UBC study finds
(British Columbia) -- A new study from the University of British Columbia highlights a link between an increasingly popular feature of today’s hottest video games...
article Shroud reveals insane amount of money he spent on CS:GO crates
(Internet) -- Counter Strike: Global Offensive was released in 2012, but continues to entertain millions of players worldwide. It currently holds the record for most...

5/2/2019

article UBC study links videogame loot boxes and gambling
(British Columbia) -- UBC researchers studying videogames and addiction say they have found a link between loot boxes and gambling. The study, published last month in...

5/1/2019

article Study warns loot boxes linked to gambling behavior in some gamers
(British Columbia) -- A new study has validated concerns about ‘loot boxes’ in video games, confirming that they are linked to problematic gambling behaviors...
article Lure of the 'loot box' looks a lot like gambling
(Internet) -- An increasingly popular feature of modern video games is attracting gamers who share the beliefs and behaviours of problem gamblers, new UBC research has...

4/9/2019

article Federal Trade Commission Aims to Blow the Lid Off Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Federal Trade Commission is looking into loot boxes. The consumer protection agency said Monday that an investigation into the phenomenon was...

3/26/2019

article Blizzard tweaks loot boxes in Heroes of the Storm amid gambling controversy
(Washington) -- Players of Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm noticed something in the latest patch notes: the developers were removing the ability to buy loot boxes...

3/19/2019

article Two large studies have found a link between loot box spending and problem gambling
(UK) -- Many popular games allow people to pay a small fee to obtain a “loot box” containing random selections of virtual in-game items. New research has...

3/15/2019

article Gambling Regulators to Investigate ‘Loot Boxes’ In Star Wars Video Game
(Worldwide) -- The Star Wars Video game is being examined by gambling regulators to determine if its loot boxes constitute gambling and require regulation. The release...

3/6/2019

article 'I spent £700 on loot boxes in a month'
(UK) -- George Proud from County Durham, a keen online gamer, spent nearly £700 in a month opening loot boxes as he progressed through a game. The boxes - which...

3/4/2019

article Real-world loot boxes are here, and gambling on them is a weird YouTube niche
(The Internet) -- Buying loot boxes isn’t just for video games. Thanks to a company called WAX, you can buy a loot crate filled with a semi-random assortment of...

2/27/2019

article 7 On Your Side: Video game loot boxes face addiction allegations
(Maryland) -- The Game Gym in Potomac calls itself a local club “eSports team and training center.” 7 On Your Side talked to gamers playing PC and console...

2/21/2019

article 'Apex Legends' Should Kill Its Loot Boxes If It's Really Gunning For 'Fortnite'
(USA) -- Apex Legends has not seen its honeymoon period end yet, as it’s still dominating both Twitch and the general gaming conversation about just how good a...

2/19/2019

article How loot boxes hooked gamers and left regulators spinning
(USA) -- A month ago, a woman known online as CadenceLikesVGs realized she had a gambling problem. She wasn’t playing blackjack or pulling slot machine levers; she...

1/31/2019

article Senator Pushes FTC Head for Loot Box Investigation Timeline
(New York) -- Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into video game loot boxes, is now asking the head of the...

1/26/2019

article Richmond addiction group raises concern over 'loot boxes' in video games
(British Columbia) -- An addiction and recovery agency in Richmond is sounding the alarm about a trend in video gaming they say has addictive potential. The Richmond...

12/10/2018

article Future of video game loot boxes uncertain as game-of-chance mechanics come under increased government scrutiny
(Worldwide) -- For those who don’t follow the industry, and if I’m honest, even for many that do, the growth of video games, both in popularity and...

12/6/2018

article The Most Ridiculous Defense for Loot Boxes
(Texas) -- The Federal Trade Commission is finally investigating loot boxes in video games for their connection to gambling, and there have been some truly ridiculous...

12/4/2018

article Gambling: ‘loot boxes’ in video games could be conditioning children
(UK) -- According to recent reports, the number of children with gambling problems has “quadrupled to more than 50,000 in just two years”. The alarming figures come from...

11/30/2018

article U.S. consumer watchdog to investigate video game loot boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal regulators have vowed to investigate a growing trend in video games that analysts say could soon become a $50 billion industry but that has...

11/29/2018

article Federal Trade Commission Vows to Investigate Loot Boxes During Congressional Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal Trade Commission chairman Joe Simons told a Senate Commerce subcommittee on Wednesday that the FTC would launch an investigation into loot...

11/26/2018

article UK Gambling Commission is still investigating loot boxes and their relation to gambling
(UK) -- Back in September, chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission Neil McArthur signed a declaration to “address the risks created by the blurring of lines...

11/22/2018

article Belgium’s ban on loot boxes claims first victims as Square Enix pulls three titles
(Belgium) -- Square Enix has stopped offering three mobile games from its popular Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises in Belgium following the country’s...
article Loot box spending 'creates problem gamblers'
(UK) -- Spending within video games creates "problem gamblers" and must be better regulated, a study has found. Computer scientists from York found a strong...

11/21/2018

article Video game loot boxes are creating underage gambling addicts – UK audit
(UK) -- An audit by the UK Gambling Commission says that pushing players to buy chance-based items in video games has lead to a startling spike in gambling addiction...

11/15/2018

article Loot boxes – is it time to regulate?
(UK) -- The video-gaming industry has become one the most prominent forms of entertainment available, generating worldwide revenue of $116bn in 2017 - a growth of 11% on...

10/26/2018

article The legal status of loot boxes around the world, and what's next in the debate
(Worldwide) -- The most intense criticism of loot boxes—which offer randomized rewards, often for real money—came late last year, and was especially stoked...

10/20/2018

article Legislators are targeting loot boxes, here’s why
(Worldwide) -- In-game items have almost become ubiquitous in mainstream gaming. Cosmetic items for characters have become one of the single-largest drivers of revenue...

9/22/2018

article Top video games may face clampdown over child gambling fears
(UK) -- The Government has signed an international declaration expressing concern about gambling in video games which many experts view as a gateway for children into...

9/19/2018

article Australian study reports loot boxes "psychologically akin to gambling"
(Australia) -- Video game loot boxes are a gateway to issues with gambling. That's according to research by Australia's Environment and Communications Reference...

9/17/2018

article 15 countries and one US state team up to fight gambling in video games
(Worldwide) -- Thus far, the fight to regulate video game loot boxes has been a piecemeal effort moving forward in very different ways in different jurisdictions. Today...
article European and US Gambling Regulators Sign Agreement to Tackle Gambling in Games
(Worldwide) -- The U.K. Gambling Commission announced Monday that 16 gambling regulators from Europe and the U.S. have signed an agreement to address gambling risks in...
article Sixteen European, US Gambling Regulators Teaming Up to Tackle Loot Boxes, Skin Gambling
(Worldwide) -- Sixteen international gambling regulators are teaming up to address gambling and loot boxes in video games with a new declaration, according to the UK...

9/11/2018

article EA defies Belgian loot box decision, setting up potential “gambling” lawsuit
(Belgium) -- In the months since the Belgian Gaming Commission determined that certain video game loot boxes constituted illegal gambling, publishers like Blizzard,...

9/2/2018

article How Loot Box Regulations May Affect the Video Game Industry
(Worldwide) -- Last year's release of Star Wars Battlefront II should have been a blockbuster success for Electronic Arts as a company, but instead, it generated one...

8/16/2018

article Video game loot boxes addictive and a form of 'simulated gambling', Senate inquiry told
(Australia) -- Australian psychiatrists and researchers have called for greater regulation of video games that encourage players to purchase chance-based items, also...

8/15/2018

article ‘Real Life’ Loot Box Site is Actually Real Life Gambling, According to Critics
(Internet) -- The website DrakeMall.com has an interesting USP: it’s the only site that offers real-world loot boxes. Inspired by the chance-based reward...

7/5/2018

article French Regulator Criticizes Loot Boxes but Says They’re Not Gambling
(France) -- French organization the Autorité de regulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) found that video game loot boxes don’t break the country’s gambling law...

7/4/2018

article French gambling regulator determines that loot boxes are not legally gambling
(France) -- The ongoing saga of loot boxes took an interesting turn last week when France's gambling regulatory body ARJEL weighed in with its 2017-18 activity...

7/3/2018

article France stops short of classifying loot boxes as 'gambling'
(France) -- France’s gaming commission ARJEL has held off from classifying loot boxes as a form of gambling - at least for now. A change in classification would...
article Gaming or gambling: study shows almost half of loot boxes in video games constitute gambling
(Australia) -- The Australian Senate today passed a motion to investigate whether purchasable random rewards in video games (known colloquially as loot boxes) constitute...

7/2/2018

article French Gambling Regulator ARJEL Criticizes Loot Boxes but Will Not Classify the Use as Gambling in Continuing Loot Box Drama Worldwide
(France) -- While the response to loot boxes as a whole in gaming from both inside and outside the hardcore gaming circles has been interesting, we’ve had some...

6/29/2018

article Loot Boxes Are Sustainable and Not Gambling Says EA Sports VP
(Spain) -- The issue involving loot boxes has been hotly debated since the controversial release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 in late 2017, but representatives of the...
article EA Sports VP Daryl Holt on loot boxes: "Our model is sustainable"
(Internet) -- Despite the recent consumer backlash against loot boxes, EA Sports vice president and COO Daryl Holt insists the model is sustainable. Until the fallout...

6/27/2018

article Gaming or gambling: study shows almost half of loot boxes in video games constitute gambling
(Australia) -- The Australian Senate today passed a motion to investigate whether purchasable random rewards in video games (known colloquially as loot boxes) constitute...

6/21/2018

article Videogame loot boxes similar to gambling
(Europe) -- Adolescents playing video games that offer randomised rewards to increase competitive advantage could be being exposed to mechanisms that are psychologically...

6/20/2018

article The Netherlands Starts Enforcing Its Loot Box Ban
(Netherlands) -- The Netherlands will being enforcing its ban on loot boxes as of today, by handing out fines and eventually moving to prosecution. In a statement...

6/18/2018

article The Rise of the Video-Game Gambler
(Worldwide) -- Among the more insidious gifts that video games have bestowed on modern culture is the loot box. A loot box is like an in-game lottery ticket: for a small...
article Video Game Loot Boxes Hook Players The Same Way Gambling Does
(New Zealand) -- More and more these days, video games are coming with an extra game of chance built in. Whether it looks like a crate, a suitcase or a deck of cards on...

6/17/2018

article 2K Hires Executive From Gambling Firm Ahead of Expansion Plans
(USA) -- Loot boxes and gambling in video games have been a hot topic this past year. There's not only been massive public backlashes, but a variety of governments...

6/6/2018

article The games industry doesn't know how to cure its loot box addiction
(UK) -- Gaming has a loot box problem. These bundles of randomly selected virtual goodies, often purchased with real money, have quickly become a common sight in video...

5/29/2018

article 'Easy trap to fall into': why video-game loot boxes need regulation
(Internet) -- “Loot boxes are like scratch-off cards: you open one out of curiosity, get a little prize, think ‘darn, maybe next time,’ and then it...

5/28/2018

article Battlefield 5 Shows How The Video Game Industry Is Turning On Loot Boxes
(Sweden) -- Yesterday, the official Battlefield Twitter account published something interesting - a promise that not only will the makers of the upcoming Battlefield 5...
article 'Easy trap to fall into': why video-game loot boxes need regulation
(UK) -- “Loot boxes are like scratch-off cards: you open one out of curiosity, get a little prize, think ‘darn, maybe next time,’ and then it just...

5/25/2018

article Trade group prez: Loot box regulation “challenges our freedom to innovate”
(Worldwide) -- As governments around the world enact or consider regulations that would treat randomized video game loot box purchases as gambling, Entertainment...

5/18/2018

article Could a Wave of New Gambling Laws Be Loot Boxes’ Undoing?
(New York) -- The sports gambling world is giddy right now, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that could pave the way for broadly legal betting on games. But...

5/12/2018

article Gaming Companies Could Face Criminal Prosecution Over Loot Boxes
(Belgium) -- The latest report from the Belgian Gaming Commission finds that some Loot Boxes in popular games are breaking the law.

5/9/2018

article Lawmakers are turning on loot boxes but it’s business as usual for video game publishers
(Worldwide) -- Belgium has followed the Netherlands in banning the sale of loot boxes in video games, as Europe begins to crack down on what it deems to be illegal...

5/8/2018

article EA CEO: We’re ‘pushing forward’ with loot boxes despite regulation
(Washington) -- Belgium and the Netherlands have ruled that many loot boxes in games like FIFA Ultimate Team are equivalent to gambling and in violation of their laws,...

5/2/2018

article Despite backlash, loot boxes could be essential to gaming’s future
(Worldwide) -- With all the controversy, scrutiny, and international regulation randomized video game loot boxes are facing these days, you might think the practice of...

5/1/2018

article Loot boxes expected to drive games market to $160 billion by 2022
(Worldwide) -- While publishers continue to experiment with the role loot boxes play in monetising both free-to-play and premium games, one research firm believes they...
article Loot Boxes & In-Game Spend Drive Digital Games Market: Surpassing $160 billion by 2022
(UK) -- A new study from Juniper Research forecasts that the total digital games market will reach $160 billion by 2022, up from $117 billion this year. The market is...

4/30/2018

article USA: New Loot Box Bill Introduced ...Again
(USA) -- The worldwide loot box controversy continues. After the Dutch and Belgian Gambling Authorities announced enforcement action on loot boxes this week and the week...

4/29/2018

article States face off with video-game industry over loot boxes
(Washington) -- Critics say digital loot boxes — which offer video gamers features like new character outfits and powerful weapons — are predatory, seducing...

4/25/2018

article Belgium declares video game loot boxes illegal
(Belgium) -- The Belgium government is threatening video game publishers with fines and jail time if they don’t remove loot boxes from games like FIFA 18.
article Belgium finds loot box systems to violate gambling laws
(Belgium) -- Belgium has declared the loot box systems in FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive illegal under Belgium gambling laws. Belgium’s...
article A video game ‘loot box’ offers coveted rewards, but is it gambling?
(USA) -- In the 1980s, arcade games chugged quarters as players tried to reach new levels. Today, many video games let players at home spend a dollar — or much...

4/24/2018

article A Video Game ‘Loot Box’ Offers Coveted Rewards, but Is It Gambling?
(USA) -- In the 1980s, arcade games chugged quarters as players tried to reach new levels. Today, many video games let players at home spend a dollar — or much...

4/20/2018

article Four publishers must change in-game loot boxes to avoid Dutch gambling laws
(Netherlands) -- Four publishers will be forced to make changes to their games in the Netherlands after a landmark report from the Netherlands Gaming Authority found...
article Top games ruled to be breaking Dutch gambling laws with loot boxes
(Netherlands) -- The Netherlands Gaming Authority has deemed some games' usage of loot boxes as gambling after investigating 10 unnamed titles following concerns by...

4/19/2018

article Gambling Debate Continues as Loot Boxes Race Towards £32 Billion Value
(UK) -- New research suggests that loot boxes will become a £32 billion industry by 2022, prompting further calls for so-called skin gambling to be regulated.
article Gamers Loot Box, Skins Gambling Spend to Hit $50 Billion by 2022, Says Analyst
(USA) -- A new report by Juniper Research suggests that consumer outlay on loot boxes and skins betting will rise 60 percent — to $50 billion a year by 2022...
article Loot boxes and skin gambling to earn £35bn in revenue by 2022
(UK) -- Loot boxes and skin gambling will earn $50bn (£35bn) annually in global consumer spending by 2022, according to Juniper Research. The earnings are an...
article Four out of Ten Loot Boxes Violate Dutch Gambling Law, Local Regulator Finds
(Netherlands) -- Four out of ten loot boxes in video games were found to be violating the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act (Wet op de kansspelen), the local gambling...
article Four popular PC games break Netherlands gambling rules
(Netherlands) -- Four popular online PC games violate the Netherlands' law on games of chance with their 'loot boxes', according to the Dutch Gambling...
article Mobile casinos are getting the loot box treatment in court
(Washington) -- If you’ve been paying attention to gaming’s trends, then you’ve probably spotted the current criticisms of lootboxes. The consumer...

4/17/2018

article Video gamers will be spending $50 billion on ‘gambling-like’ loot box features by 2022, according to analysts
(UK) -- Video gamers will be spending almost $50 billion (£34 billion) a year worldwide on controversial loot box features by 2022, according to new research.

4/10/2018

article Loot box latest: Big Fish Casino decision reversed by US Court
(Washington) -- On March 28, 2018 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of the District Court for the Western District of...
article Korean Fair Trade Commission fines three companies over unethical loot box practices
(South Korea) -- It turns out Korean Fair Trade Commission is seriously intent on staying true to the "Fair" part of their name after fining three gaming...
article Three Korean Gaming Companies Fined $950,000 USD Over Loot Boxes
(South Korea) -- Three gaming companies in Korea have been fined almost $1 million USD between them due to the way that loot boxes have been advertised for in-game...

3/24/2018

article ‘Loot box’ bills fail to advance
(Hawaii) -- A quartet of bills that would have regulated potentially addictive “gambling” systems in video games died after failing to meet legislative...

3/12/2018

article Australia publishes safety guidelines on the dangers of loot boxes
(Australia) -- It’s been a fascinating couple of years for world-changing controversies. Cryptocurrencies started to take over, with legacy Bitcoin (BTC) jumping...

3/8/2018

article Loot Crate Regulation Bills Move One More Step Forward in Hawaii
(Hawaii) -- Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot box system has been a hotly discussed topic for months now. Several countries and jurisdictions around the world have...
article Op-Ed: Australia's gambling crackdown signals choppy waters for loot boxes
(Australia) -- A tentative step forward has been taken on the roiling video game controversy of the season: the ESRB will now label all video games with in-game...

3/4/2018

article ESRB Begins Labeling In-Game Purchases
(USA) -- What seems to be a shocking turn of events, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) announced that they would begin adding labels to video games that...

2/28/2018

article ESRB Answers Loot Box Controversy By Just Stamping 'In-Game Purchases' Labels To Video Games
(USA) -- The Entertainment Software Rating Board finally issued a response to the growing controversy over loot boxes and other microtransactions in video games, but its...
article The Loot Box Problem Just Got Much Worse
(USA) -- Earlier this week, the game industry finally acknowledged an issue that has embroiled game players and game makers for so long that politicians around the world...

2/27/2018

article ESRB’s loot box response is new ‘in-game purchases’ label that applies to almost every game
(USA) -- Today, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the self-regulatory association responsible for rating the content of video games, responded to the...
article This is how the video game industry wants you to see loot boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Entertainment Software Rating Board has written a response to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-N.H.) request that it look into loot crates and...

2/26/2018

article For Many Players, Lootboxes Are a Crisis That's Already Here
(USA) -- My older sister has three kids–a 12-year-old, an 11-year-old, and an 8-year-old. This Christmas, they got an Xbox One. When I found out about their gift,...

2/24/2018

article Can legislation fix gaming's loot box problem?
(USA) -- Last year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with...
article In a First, U.S. Senator Demands Government Oversight of Predatory “Loot Boxes” in Video Games
(Washington D.C.) -- Last year, The Intercept talked to psychologists, gambling addiction experts, and state lawmakers about the proliferation of video game “loot...
article Can legislation fix gaming's loot box problem?
(USA) -- Last year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with...

2/21/2018

article Loot box controversy deepens on both sides of the Atlantic
(UK) -- The controversy surrounding loot boxes in video games is gathering pace, with a new survey in the UK showing that the majority of people believe that they count...

2/19/2018

article OP/ED: Should government regulate how much you can spend playing video games?
(Hawaii) -- Video games exist in an odd cultural blind spot. They are ever-present — on our phones, our computers, our tablets and in our living rooms. But they...
article Rainbow Six Siege Director Defends Lootboxes: “They Are the Giftshop After the Roller Coaster”
(UK) -- Lootboxes have gotten incredibly controversial of late, thanks to the random nature and gambling elements they embody, and because of egregious implementations...

2/18/2018

article Bills to Regulate Video Game Loot Boxes Introduced in Hawaii
(Hawaii) -- A pair of bills have been introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives (with twin bills in the Senate) that aim to regulate video games that employ loot...

2/17/2018

article In This New Game All You Do Is Open Loot Boxes
(USA) -- The loot box craze in online gaming has reached insane levels, so it seems only natural for a developer to make the ingenious decision to release a title that...

2/16/2018

article US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what...
article Legislative Fight Over Loot Boxes Heats Up with Pair of Hawaii State Bills
(Hawaii) -- Two new bills recently introduced to the Hawaiian State Legislature—HB2727 and HB2686—seek to regulate the usage of “a system of purchasing...
article US Senator Reaches Out To ESRB And FTC To Consider “Potential For Harm” In Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- The inclusion of loot boxes in video games have been at the center of controversy for some time now, with Star Wars Battlefront II being one of the...

2/14/2018

article Hawaii Proposes Legislation to Regulate Loot Boxes in Games
(Hawaii) -- Legislators in Hawaii were among the first to express concern over the use of loot boxes in video games when Star Wars Battlefront II was in the news. This...
article U.S. Senator Calls on ESRB to Review Ratings Process in Light of Loot Boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- A United States Senator is calling on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board to review the ratings process as it relates to loot boxes, examine...

2/13/2018

article Hawaii seeks to prohibit the sale of games with loot boxes to anyone under 21
(Hawaii) -- It's no secret that loot boxes are finally starting to get attention from governments. Belgium has already ruled that paying real money for randomized...
article New Bills Look To Regulate The Buying And Selling Of Games With Loot Boxes In Hawaii
(Hawaii) -- Four new bills recently introduces may change the way video games with loot box mechanics are bought and sold in Hawaii, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reports....
article No video game loot boxes for buyers under 21, say proposed Hawaii bills
(Hawaii) -- The Hawaii state legislature is now considering two sets of bills that would regulate games containing randomized in-game item purchases—commonly known...

2/12/2018

article Bills target video games with rewards for a price
(Hawaii) -- It might be game over for certain video games in Hawaii after state lawmakers introduced legislation to limit the implementation of electronic gambling...
article Hawaii introduces four new bills targeting the sale of loot boxes
(Hawaii) -- Hawaiian lawmakers are taking on the regulation of video game loot boxes. Four new bills have been introduced in the past month that target the sale of games...

2/8/2018

article Sweden Could Identify Loot Boxes As Gambling
(Sweden) -- The Swedish Government is investigating the use of loot boxes because they are seen as a form of gambling. Sweden is the latest country to join the anti loot...

2/6/2018

article German Youth Protection Commission Mulls Loot Boxes Ban
(Germany) -- The German Youth Protection Commission may introduce a ban on the so-called loot boxes, following the recent publication of a study into the nature of the...

1/28/2018

article Washington state to determine if loot boxes are gambling
(Washington) -- The legality of the loot box is being questioned again, this time in Washington state. As you might recall, back in October the Entertainment Software...

1/25/2018

article Washington State Senator Introduces Bill for Loot Box Regulation
(Washington) -- As the debate surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions as a form of gambling targeted at children continues, a new bill proposed in Washington is...
article Washington State Senator Introduces Bill to Investigate if Video Game Loot Boxes are Gambling
(Washington) -- A Washington state senator has joined states like Hawaii and nations like Belgium by introducing a bill that could investigate and regulate loot boxes...

1/23/2018

article Are video-game loot boxes a form of gambling that targets children? Washington aims to find out
(Washington) -- Some say they look, sound and act like a casino game. But are loot boxes — a video game feature requiring real money for the chance at in-game...

1/12/2018

article Washington Legislature Rolls Out New Bill Aimed at Loot Boxes
(Washington) -- The legislators in the state of Washington have demonstrated certain interest in video games’ loot boxes and more specifically, to make it clear...

1/11/2018

article A new foe vows to take down loot crate greed
(Internet) -- Last year, video game makers inserted exploitative loot crate mechanisms into several high-profile products, a practice that has been compared to gambling...

12/29/2017

article Bethesda Founder: Loot Boxes May Backfire, But Players May Pay More For AAA Games
(USA) -- Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver, who was part of the team before even The Elder Scrolls: Arena launched in 1994, has weighed in on the loot box controversy...

12/28/2017

article Video games are unlocking child gambling. This has to be reined in
(UK) -- n a tale of gambling addiction posted to Reddit shortly before Christmas, the numbers were as shocking as they were unsurprising. First the anonymous addict...

12/27/2017

article Gambling Commission Shares Views On Loot Boxes In Games
(UK) -- Recently a two-day conference hosted by independent gambling charity Gamble Aware took place and loot boxes became a buzz topic in the debate. To further address...

12/23/2017

article Apple wants game apps with loot boxes to list winning odds
(Singapore) -- Tech giant Apple has forced developers of apps with chance-based features to publish how likely users will receive prizes. This followed changes to its...

12/21/2017

article Apple now requires app developers to disclose loot box odds
(California) -- Apple quietly updated its rules for developers yesterday with a new version of its App Store Review Guidelines, and it now requires that developers...
article Apple: Developers Must Disclose Odds Of Getting Legendaries In Loot Boxes
(California) -- Randomized loot boxes might not be going anywhere in 2018, but they'll at least be getting a little more transparency, at least on iOS. A big new...
article How Battlefront II Controversy Changed the Future of Games
(USA) -- Gamers anxiously awaited Star Wars Battlefront II. What they found disappointed many of them. Amid other questionable choices from other devs, EA and Dice face...

12/19/2017

article How the legal battle around loot boxes will change video games forever
(Worldwide) -- Just a few weeks ago, Belgium’s Gambling Committee took up the most controversial gaming question of the season: are loot boxes gambling? Yes, they...

12/18/2017

article How your kids are being turned into gambling addicts by video game “loot boxes”
(Australia) -- IF YOUR children play games on phones (whose don’t!?) or you’re thinking of buying your kid the latest video game this Christmas, read this...

12/16/2017

article Another regulator says loot boxes are not gambling
(New Zealand) -- Loot boxes are not a form of gambling, says a New Zealand government regulator. The latest government statement on the practice aligns with the...
article Meet the legislator trying to do something about video game loot boxes
(Hawaii) -- It’s been a rough holiday season for video game loot boxes. The increasingly common in-game microtransactions (usually just a few dollars each) offer a...
article RIFT’s $100 Loot Box Removed Following Massive Backlash
(The Internet) -- Trion Worlds ran into a miniature kerfuffle when the company tried adding a premium $100 loot box to RIFT that would give players one of the many...

12/12/2017

article 25,000 children as young as 11 are addicted to gambling
(UK) -- Children as young as 11 are being coaxed into gambling addictions through video game 'skin betting' websites, the UK Gambling Commission has warned. The...
article New Zealand says lootboxes 'do not meet the legal definition for gambling'
(New Zealand) -- Responding to an email query, New Zealand’s gambling regulator--the Gambling Compliance office of its Department of Internal Affairs--told...

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