Video game loot boxes are creating underage gambling addicts – UK audit

An audit by the UK Gambling Commission says that pushing players to buy chance-based items in video games has lead to a startling spike in gambling addiction among children. The alarming audit shows (scaling the survey results to UK population figures) some 55,000 children between the ages of 11-16 showcase telltale signs of gambling addiction, including […]

Theresa May refuses to condemn Boris Johnson for comparing Muslim women in burqas to ‘letter boxes’ and ‘bank robbers’

Thomson Reuters Theresa May refuses to condemn Boris Johnson after the former foreign secretary compared Muslim women who wear the burqa to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.” Johnson wrote in a newspaper column: “It is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.” A spokesperson for Prime Minister May refused […]

Gaming addiction latest: What are loot boxes? Are loot boxes gambling?

Gaming addiction recently hit headlines as the World Health Organisation proposed adding ‘gaming disorder’ to a new manual of disease classifications. The move comes as popular online games have been gripping the world, with games like Fortnite and Call of Duty leading many to spend excessive hours playing online. The manual says the newly classified […]

FCC Republican asks Amazon and eBay to boost crackdown on pirate TV boxes

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Rene Wassenbergh | EyeEm) Pirate TV boxes that falsely display the Federal Communications Commission logo should be removed from Amazon and eBay, an FCC commissioner told the companies last week. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, part of the FCC’s Republican majority, wrote a letter to the Amazon and eBay CEOs asking them […]

Op-ed: Game companies need to cut the crap—loot boxes are obviously gambling

Enlarge / Roulette is a particularly silly form of gambling. (credit: Yuki Shimazu / Flickr) Game companies now lean heavily on loot boxes to monetize their products. Legislators around the world are threatening to impose regulations on the boxes, claiming that they’re gambling. Industry groups, however, insist that the boxes are not. I play games that […]

EA CEO: We’re ‘pushing forward’ with loot boxes despite regulation

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, but FIFA publisher Electronic Arts says it plans to continue its loot-box Ultimate Team mode. “We’re going to continue pushing forward [with FIFA Ultimate Team],” EA chief executiv…Read More

Despite backlash, loot boxes could be essential to gaming’s future

Enlarge / Some might object to using a slot machine to illustrate a piece on loot boxes, but Juniper directly calls them “a form of in-game gambling” so… (credit: Wikimedia Commons) With all the controversy, scrutiny, and international regulation randomized video game loot boxes are facing these days, you might think the practice of charging players for […]

Developer removes randomized loot boxes from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Enlarge / Scenes like this one of purchasing in-game orcs for real money will soon be removed from Shadow of War. The widespread backlash against paying real money for randomized loot boxes full of in-game items has claimed another high-profile victim. Last night, developer Monolith announced that it will be “permanently removing Gold, War Chests, […]