loot boxes Archives

The ESA Offers A Response To The Hawaii Loot Box Legislation
As we reported earlier this week, there are a couple bills waiting to be seen by the Hawaiian legislature over loot boxes and microtransactions, which if they manage to pass could have an impact on the way the industry handles putting them in games moving forward Today, the Entertainment Software Association decided to offer their[...]
Gamasutra first picked up the news today, sharing an interview with News Tribune in which Senator Kevin Ranker says the bill enlists Washington state and the video game industry to figure out how to regulate loot boxes. "It is unacceptable to be targeting our children with predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something," Ranker[...]
Blizzard Insists Overwatch Loot Box Drop Rates have not Changed
The user claimed that after opening 50 loot boxes, they hadn't found any of the new items rolled out in the update. Please keep in mind that unlike during events you're not guaranteed to get a new item in every box These items went into the pool of all available items in the base Loot Box. — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch)[...]
GDC Nintendo Switch
What you'll find most interesting are the results on interest in the Nintendo Switch and interest in loot boxes. It seems like interest in developing games for the Switch is growing with 12% of respondents working on a game for the platform 15% planning to make their next game available on Switch As for which platform[...]
Get Ready for Loot Boxes in Dragon Ball FighterZ
You'd think game companies would learn the lessons that have been taught to them over the past calendar year about putting loot boxes inside games, but you know what… they don't Bandai Namco is the latest to join the "bad idea in a good game" train by adding loot boxes to Dragon Ball FighterZ[...]
Let's Talk About Loot Boxes and Player Created Black Markets
Credit// DeNA Corp One of the few things that hasn't made much of an effect on the current loot box kerfuffle is the existence of player created black markets for the kinds of in-game goods that would normally be dropped by loot boxes or similar grab-bag systems I've used the logo for the now defunct Marvel War[...]
Lineage ii loot box
Specifically, the new rules require that loot boxes be transparent about their odds of dropping each type of reward "Apps offering 'loot boxes' or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase," the new rule states. So it should tell[...]
And many players are angry over its apparent similarities to Star Wars Battlefront II's Star Card system, arguing that the changed make the system a pay-to-win one. Prior to these changes, the stat-boosting cards needed to be unlocked through randomized loot boxes or by crafting Under the new system, called Cards Unbound, all cards are available to[...]
What A Shock: The ESA Says Microtransactions Are Not Gambling
But that story led to an ESA official putting out this quote, defining the organization's stance on the issue. credit//Activision "Loot boxes are a voluntary feature in certain video games that provide players with another way to obtain virtual items that can be used to enhance their in-game experiences They are not gambling Depending on the game[...]
There's A 'DOOM' Mod That Pokes Fun At Loot Boxes
You can find the details on ZDOOM's forum, but the short version is that this mod "up to modern triple-A video game standards" by downloading the mod into the old-school version of the game that adds loot boxes and requires items that you can only get from loot boxes to move the game forward[...]
The UK Gambling Commission issued a statement over the weekend regarding the ever-growing argument over loot boxes/crates and microtransactions, and whether or not they constitute gambling The commission decided that they are not gambling since the money you put into them does not constitute a cash payout in return and that you're technically buying something[...]
Australian Officials Concur That Loot Boxes Are Gambling
An Australian user on Reddit has posted a correspondence he had about loot boxes with a representative of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation In it, the government individual confirms that under their current laws, loot boxes and other gaming microtransactions do fall under gambling We highly recommend checking out the entire post, but below is[...]
VTM News, one of Belgium's news networks, is reporting that Belgium is looking to have Loot Boxes banned in Europe as it constitutes a form of gambling According to a translation of the story, the Belgium's Gaming Commission did an investigation on loot boxes to determine if they were, in fact, a form of gambling, which[...]
An Online Petition Wants Loot Boxes Classified As Gambling
Over the past few weeks, it's hard to find a podcast or show that hasn't talked about Loot Boxes in some form as gambling A conversation only fueled by Star Wars: Battlefront II's horrible system, along with Call Of Duty: WWII, CS:GO, and Overwatch used as examples If this trend continues to grow, you're more than[...]