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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
Europe is continuing to make efforts to legislate loot boxes and other forms of in-game purchases. PEGI, the official European ratings board for video games, now requires physical copies of games to have a label if they have in-game purchases.
A few months ago, Belgium joined some other European countries in deeming loot boxes gambling and therefore illegal. Blizzard will soon be disabling paid loot boxes in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in Belgium.
ARJEL, France’s regulatory body on gambling, has just released their 2017-2018 activity report. Although the report criticizes the practice of loot boxes, it ruled that they don’t fall under the legal definition of gambling.
Electronic Arts has caused some major controversy with the inclusion of loot boxes in Star Wars: Battlefront 2. However, in a recent earnings call, EA chief executive Andrew Wilson said they are planning to “push forward” with loot boxes in future games. He also challenged the common complaint about loot boxes being a form of gambling.
Second to the loot boxes party Last week, the Netherlands classified certain loot boxes as gambling and therefore illegal. Now, Belgium has made a similar determination towards three games. These games are FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Star Wars: Battlefront II, one of the other games examined, was deemed okay. However, Star Wars: Battlefront II did have loot boxes earl...[Read More]
The recent update to Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp had added a feature that adds an element of controversy into the game. Nintendo is implementing loot boxes to this mobile game. See the details here.