The UK government has decided not to regulate video game loot boxes under gambling legislation. Despite this, it wants game publishers to tell players their odds of winning certain items.
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The motion submitted to the House of Representatives in The Netherlands, brought together the support of six political parties, meaning that it is likely that they will follow Belgium's lead.
The UK government has told the gaming industry to stop giving kids access to loot boxes over fears that it leads to gambling addiction. It wants them to self-regulate but is open to legislating.
The House of Lords committee focused on assessing the impact of gambling in the UK has called on the government to bring loot boxes under gambling regulations due to their game-of-chance nature.
The now Epic Games-owned studio Psyonix has announced that its popular competitive game Rocket League will soon won't have any loot boxes, with it switching to direct purchases for its content.
Spending money in FIFA 19 to buy player cards is a common practice. However, four kids took it a (giant) step too far, emptying their parents' bank account in the process of purchasing more cards.
Monolith has announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will rid itself of all microtransactions later this year in a free update. Changes to the game's Shadow Wars section are also being planned.
A complete overhaul of Star Wars Battlefront II's progression system is coming this month, marking the arrival of microtransactions, but this time around they will only be used for cosmetic items.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) announced today that all games that offer any additional paid content will receive a new label saying that the game has in-game purchases.
Star Wars Battlefront II's loot boxes may be going away entirely, as DICE announced today that significant changes will be arriving to the game's progression system in the coming months.
The Cupertino-based giant recently announced a change to its policies regarding loot crates. Any games hosted by the company's App Store are now required to indicate the chances of winning each item.
After it concluded its investigation in games such as Star Wars: Battlefront II and Overwatch, the Belgium Gaming Commission concluded that loot boxes constituted a form of gambling and were dangerous
EA's contrived excuse for paywalls, loot boxes, and an unrewarding progression system has become the most downvoted comment in Reddit's history, facing loads of backlash from furious gamers.
Weeks before Star Wars: Battlefront II is set to launch, EA has made changes to the game's loot box system, removing powerful upgrades and alternative weapon drops from crates altogether.
In a purely 'exploratory patent' that has just been awarded, publisher Activision tried its hand at thinking creatively about microtransactions and how these could be used with matchmaking.
The UK government has officially received questions surrounding the controversial practice of loot boxes and micro-transactions which some have labeled as a form of gambling that should be regulated.