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Washington Legislature Rolls Out New Bill Aimed at Loot Boxes

The legislators in the state of Washington have demonstrated certain interest in video games’ loot boxes and more specifically, to make it clear whether or not are virtual items categorised as gambling in the state.

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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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