Tag Archives: loot boxes

Adding gambling to games isn’t the problem – unless you’re some kind of puritan

People have always gambled on games of skill and chance. And there’s nothing wrong with sensible gambling, in the same way there’s nothing wrong with the sensible consumption of alcohol, or sensibly having sex with people you only just met, or even the sensible driving of cars – though that …

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COMMENT: Games and gambling – a lawyer’s view

Paul Gardner is a lawyer and early adopter of the Atari 2600. He specialises in commercial transactions and regulatory issues relating to the computer games industry. Many in the games industry will have heard it referred to as the ‘gaming industry’ – a term confusingly used by some betting firms. …

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New Zealand Department for Internal Affairs rules loot boxes are not gambling

New Zealand’s Department for Internal Affairs has ruled that loot boxes don’t constitute gambling. Gamasutra reached out to the New Zealand agency, and received an email in response from the department’s licensing compliance manager Trish Millward. "While the payment of money for a loot box with the contents of which are …

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Paladins introduces loot box system

Hi-Rez Studios is scrapping the in-game currency found in Paladins and is replacing it with a loot box system. The Cards Unbound system works as you might expect, although it differs from some others in that it allows players to level up their cards by obtaining duplicates. The number of …

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Gambling Commission ‘our legal powers would not allow us to step in’ on loot boxes

The UK’s gambling commission will not be stepping into the loot box furore, said a statement today from Tim Miller its executive director. As has been repeated ad nauseam in recent debates, Miller makes the argument that if the items cannot be cashed out then its legal powers would not …

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Belgium Gaming Commission says loot boxes ARE gambling and wants them banned in Europe

Governments from both sides of the Atlantic have said they intend to take down video games loot boxes. PC Gamer reports that after declaring it was investigating loot boxes last week, the Belgium Gaming Commission has decided that they ARE a form of gambling. Furthermore, as a form of gambling …

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Analyst says gamers are ‘undercharged’ and EA should increase Battlefront 2 prices

In an almost admirable act of overt trolling, one US analyst has argued that EA’s decision to temporarily halt microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront 2 was a mistake. “The handling of the launch by EA has been poor,” KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Evan Wingren, as reported by CNBC. “Despite this, …

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EA adjusts progression in Need for Speed Payback following microtransaction criticism

Such is the scale of the Star Wars Battlefront 2 outcry that another quieter controversy surrounding microtransactions in EA’s Need for Speed Payback has slipped under a lot of people’s radars. The game entered the UK charts at No.4 last week but this week dropped all the way to 11th. …

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EA insists loot boxes are not gambling despite Dutch and Belgian investigations

In the hours leading up to its decision to suspend Star Wars Battlefront 2’s loot crate spending, EA has argued that the system is not a form of gambling. This is despite the news that two European countries are investigating just that question. Gamasutra reports that Belgian Gaming Commission general …

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EA pulls microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II… for now

Publisher EA has bowed to the ever-growing pressure being heaped on Star Wars Battlefront II by disabling the game’s microtransactions completely. The move can be seen as a victory for the vocal critics who have being piling on the publisher non-stop for the last couple of weeks. EA, however, has …

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