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 […]

Square Enix removes three mobile games in Belgium after loot box ban

Square Enix will no longer offer three of its mobile games in Belgium after the country banned loot boxes this year. You’ll no longer be able to pick up Mobius Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts Union X or Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia in the nation. The publisher said in a statement in the games it’s […]

EA defies Belgian loot box decision, setting up potential “gambling” lawsuit

Enlarge / The Belgian government says these kinds of randomized in-game cards are a form of gambling. EA is standing firm in its disagreement. In the months since the Belgian Gaming Commission determined that certain video game loot boxes constituted illegal gambling, publishers like Blizzard, Valve, and Take-Two have removed loot boxes from their games […]

Destiny Forsaken Raid glitch means shock early loot drop for Guardians

Unfortunately for Bungie Destiny Forsaken fans have managed to start unwrapping some of their presents early. Not only have Guardians found a way to glitch into the new raid early, but they’ve also been finding some loot too. It’s not that shocking to learn of players glitching into a new area in Destiny 2, and […]

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 […]

Twitch Prime FREE games June 2018 countdown: New loot to be revealed

Twitch Prime free games are about to be revealed for June 2018. The next batch of free games should be revealed for subscribers on May 31. June’s Twitch Prime games will replace the current crop of releases, which include highly-rated classics like Psychonauts. The excellent Titan Souls is also available the critically-acclaimed Gone Home. Clustertruck, […]

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 […]

Blockchain startup Game Loot Network proposes another alternative app store

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have potential to upset the status quo in games, and so, yet another startup, Game Loot Network, is proposing to use the technologies to create an alternative app store and player rewards program. Rivals, such as Brian Fargo’s Robot Cache and Game Credits, have proposed something similar, and so, it’s a r…Read More

Loot crates are now illegal in Belgium

Officials in Belgium have determined that loot boxes violate the country’s gambling laws and if publishers don’t remove them from their games, they face jail time and fines. Specifically, FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were found to be in violation. While Star Wars Battlefront II was also part of the Belgian government’s investigation, […]