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Starbreeze Raided in Insider Trading Investigation

Starbreeze Studios, the creators of Payday 2 and Overkill’s The Walking Dead, had their offices raided by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority (ECO or EBM) yesterday in an insider trading investigation. There has been one arrest so far.

Australian Parliament Seeks ‘Comprehensive Review’ of Loot Boxes

A 90-page report released this Tuesday by the Australian Senate Environment and Communications References Committee calls for the Australian government to pursue a “comprehensive review of loot boxes in video games”. The report is the result of a months-long investigation that started back in June 2018.

FTC Agrees to Investigate Loot Boxes

During a meeting yesterday with the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security , the United States Federal Trade Commission confirmed that they will investigate loot boxes. FTC chairman Joseph Simmons, who announced this plan, was asked to begin the investigation by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who previously raised concerns about loot boxe...[Read More]

Loot Boxes Implicated in UK Gambling Study

In a story reported by the BBC, the UK’s Gambling Commission has found that the number of kids age 11-16 with gambling problems has quadrupled within two years. The findings in the report implicate the possibility of loot boxes being a gateway to gambling.

Call of Duty Swatter Pleads Guilty to 51 Charges

Late last year, a falsely reported hostage situation lead to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Yesterday, Tyler R. Barriss, one of the men charged for this crime, plead guilty to 51 charges, including making interstate threats and threatening to kill another person.

Brazilian Government Calls for Removal of Steam Game

Valve’s policies on what is acceptable on the Steam store are once again a hot-button issue. Brazil is calling for the removal of a game called Bolsomito 2K18, claiming it’s designed to influence their elections.

Proposed South Korea Bill Targets Harassment in Online Games

South Korea, the worldwide leader in eSports, is considering a bill that could curtail sexual harassment in online games. Proposed by National Assembly Women’s and Family Committee secretary Kim Sumin, this bill could make online sexual harassment a crime punishable in court.

EA Sports Faces Legal Problems With Belgium Loot Box Laws

A country and a creator of annual soccer/football video games are butting heads in the legal field of battle. Due to a failure to comply with Belgian gambling laws, EA Sports is now the target of a criminal investigation.

Steam Approves First Uncensored Adult Game

Steam is just about ready to allow uncensored adult games with the approval of their first uncensored adult game. If everything goes well, the spicy visual novel Negligee: Love Stories will be the first game to be released uncensored.

Steam is Changing How it Filters Violent and Sexual Content

In a recent post on the official Steam blog, Valve outlined some new changes the store and how it filters more mature content. Valve also gave some clarification on what they consider “straight-up trolling” when it comes to games the store won’t take.

2K Games Asks Belgian Fans to Contest Loot Box Ban

Not every company is willing to let Belgium’s ban on loot boxes stand unopposed. In a public statement, 2K Games is asking their fans in Belgium to tell the government that loot boxes are not gambling.

Adult Games Still Struggling with Steam

Two months ago, Steam made some drastic changes to their marketplace. Adult-oriented visual novels, despite not having to worry about being pulled, still seem to be getting the short end of the stick as Valve says it could take months to start the approval process on those kinds of games.