THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.
The Modern Warfare devs are ensuring you won't have to buy any weapons or attachments.
Despite criticism over microtransactions in the previous two games, CoD might be bringing back random-roll drops.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A U.K. Parliamentary committee report offers another wake-up call for the industry, but the ESA hits snooze once more.
It's another step in an ongoing escalation of regulatory involvement in games.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry, academics, and watchdogs weigh in on the loot box debate for the FTC in a week full of big issues.
Several publishers are set to disclose odds by 2020 at the latest.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Everything feeds into everything else. It's all connected, man.
At least not under current legislation.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry trades in gameplay for wordplay and we get a week full of misrepresentations and misunderstandings
EA and Epic continue to defend "surprise mechanics" following recent government inquiries.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Sony is convinced on-demand gaming is imminent in part because roughly 5% of PS4 owners used Remote Play at least once in the past year.
The bill defines microtransactions and loot boxes, but questions remain.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A Republican senator's loot box and pay-to-win legislation has the support of Democrats and the industry shows itself in various states of preparation for the coming fight.
The newly introduced bill could end up affecting more than just loot boxes.
US is safe for now, despite a looming senator's bill.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | For an industry that swears it doesn't have a problem with exploitative monetization, gaming sure talks a lot about exploitative monetization
A new bill could ban the sale of loot boxes to minors.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Metro Exodus thumbs its nose at Steam, EA admits defeat in FIFA Ultimate Team fight, and nobody wants a pre-owned GameStop.
The US moves forward with investigating loot boxes.
Loot boxes "aren’t a bad thing if done right.”
Only in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Loot boxes continue to change.
The games have eight weeks to comply or face fines and bans.
Games changed after the loot box debacle last year. The question is for how long?
The loot boxes undermine the core Nemesis System.
Loot crates and Star Cards will only be earned through gameplay, while paid cosmetic items will be introduced.
Now you can truly feel good about every crate you open in Battlefront 2.
Save the World and Battle Royale players are finally playing together, but it's not peacetime yet.
The ESRB buckles to mounting legislative pressure.
The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 developers urge for transparency and fairness.
Four FTC Nominees agree to address loot boxes if confirmed.
If passed, consumers under 21 will be prohibited from buying video games with loot boxes.
Ubisoft wants to be clear that players always have a choice with the studio's loot boxes.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 pushed 9 million sales. Players will be able to get their hands on a new Battlefield game in October.
"It is unacceptable to be targeting our children with predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something."
All of BioWare is focused on delivering Anthem, even as pressure and anxieties mount.
PUBG players will be getting some BP after a mishap following the 1.0 launch.
Transparency is nice, but it doesn't change the fact that I'll never get a PUBG bandana.
"WHO began activities relating to the public health implications of excessive use of the Internet, computers, smartphones and similar electronic devices in 2014."
The ESA refutes the WHO's assertion on video game addiction.
It didn't work out well for EA.
Is it a timing issue, or is it about respecting the Star Wars IP?
PODCAST | Hellblade's unexpected success, the Switch's big week, and the ongoing loot box crisis. Warning: A Huge Rant is Approaching Fast
The video game trade association denies loot boxes are gambling.
2017 was the year we opened Pandora's loot box. Here's what some in the games industry are thinking.
Belgium's Gaming Commission has reached a conclusion on loot boxes.
The Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy has one financial analyst weigh in on video game pricing.
Ghost Games makes some improvements for how loot crates work in Need for Speed Payback
After months of controversy and accusations of gambling, EA may be backing down from microtransaction-driven progression.
EA is on the defensive after a difficult week promoting Battlefront 2.
Are Battlefront 2's microtransactions really as bad as everyone says they are? We break it all down for you.
They don't wholly ruin the multiplayer, but that doesn't mean they should be in Battlefront 2.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 dev says they hear fan feedback loud and clear.
EA says the microtransactions are just accelerators, but there are a few warning signs.
Whether it's loot boxes, CCGs, or Ultimate Team, gamers love opening packs. And big-budget developers are pushing it as far as they can.