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A Devolver Co-Founder Makes A Plea For Publishers To Rethink Predatory Microtransactions

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Distancing Itself From Supply Drops and Loot Boxes

The Modern Warfare devs are ensuring you won't have to buy any weapons or attachments.

A Discovery in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Suggests Supply Drops Will Return

Despite criticism over microtransactions in the previous two games, CoD might be bringing back random-roll drops.

We've (Maybe) Reached A Turning Point in the Fight Over Loot Boxes

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.

A UK Ministry Just Recommended Heavy Loot Box Regulation. Here's Why This Matters

It's another step in an ongoing escalation of regulatory involvement in games.

"There is a Benefit for Lying [About Loot Boxes]"

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.

Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Other Game Companies Unite Around the Issue of Loot Box Odds

Several publishers are set to disclose odds by 2020 at the latest.

Rocket League is Ditching Loot Crates

You'll be able to buy what you want later this year.

"The Audience Is Absolutely Ruthless... They Don't Care How Many People Died Making the Product"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Everything feeds into everything else. It's all connected, man.

UK Gambling Commission: FIFA Ultimate Team Packs and Loot Boxes Aren't Gambling

At least not under current legislation.

It's Been a Week of Euphemisms, Mistranslations, and Disingenuous Spin in the Video Game Industry

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry trades in gameplay for wordplay and we get a week full of misrepresentations and misunderstandings

EA Defends Loot Boxes as "Quite Ethical and Quite Fun" Amid Questioning by U.K. Parliament

EA and Epic continue to defend "surprise mechanics" following recent government inquiries.

"The Move to Streaming Is Upon Us"

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.

From Candy Crush to Hearthstone: How the Loot Box Bill Could Affect Some of the Industry's Biggest Games

The bill defines microtransactions and loot boxes, but questions remain.

"Today's Digital Entertainment Ecosystem Is an Online Gauntlet for Children"

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 Loot Box Bill is Public, And The ESA Says It's "Flawed And Riddled With Inaccuracies"

The newly introduced bill could end up affecting more than just loot boxes.

Nintendo Pulls Mobile Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem From Belgium Over Loot Box Laws

US is safe for now, despite a looming senator's bill.

"Right Now We Don't Have Any One Group Taking an Unbiased View on Loot Crates"

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

Loot Boxes and Pay-to-Win Microtransactions Could be Banned Under Law Introduced in U.S. Senate

A new bill could ban the sale of loot boxes to minors.

The Epic vs. Steam Fight Heats up as Loot Box Concerns Grow

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.

Fallout 76 May Be Adding Loot Boxes In Future Update

New changelogs reference possible loot boxes.

Federal Trade Commission Pledges to Investigate Loot Boxes Amid European Crackdown

The US moves forward with investigating loot boxes.

Ubisoft Rep Defends Trials Rising's Loot Boxes, Doesn't Go Very Well

Loot boxes "aren’t a bad thing if done right.”

Shigeru Miyamoto Has a Warning for the Games Industry

The Willy Wonka of video games gets serious.

Rocket League Reveals Loot Box Odds

See your chances of getting that rare item.

Rage 2 Confirmed to Have Live Service Elements and No Loot Boxes

Bethesda and Id Software confirm.

The Netherlands Find Four Games in Violation of Country's Gambling Laws

The games have eight weeks to comply or face fines and bans.

The Fallout of EA's Loot Box Controversy is Still Being Felt Throughout Gaming

Games changed after the loot box debacle last year. The question is for how long?

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is Removing Microtransactions From the Game Entirely

The loot boxes undermine the core Nemesis System.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Will Completely Remove Paid Loot Crates and Star Cards

Loot crates and Star Cards will only be earned through gameplay, while paid cosmetic items will be introduced.

EA's Notorious Star Wars Battlefront 2 Darth Vader Reddit Response is Now a Loot box Skin

Now you can truly feel good about every crate you open in Battlefront 2.

Fortnite's V-Bucks Currency is Another Battleground for a Community at Odds

Save the World and Battle Royale players are finally playing together, but it's not peacetime yet.

ESRB Takes Action on Loot Boxes by Creating New Label

The ESRB buckles to mounting legislative pressure.

CD Projekt Red on Loot Box Controversy: "Gamers are Striking Back"

The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 developers urge for transparency and fairness.

U.S. Senator Urges ESRB to Review Ratings Process in Response to Loot Box Controversy

Four FTC Nominees agree to address loot boxes if confirmed.

Hawaii Moves Forward With Legislation to Regulate Loot Boxes [Update: The ESA Issues a Statement]

If passed, consumers under 21 will be prohibited from buying video games with loot boxes.

Ubisoft on Loot Boxes: It's About Quality and Choice

Ubisoft wants to be clear that players always have a choice with the studio's loot boxes.

EA: Star Wars Battlefront 2 a "Learning Opportunity" as Company Readies Respawn's Star Wars Game for 2020, New Battlefield in October 2018

Star Wars Battlefront 2 pushed 9 million sales. Players will be able to get their hands on a new Battlefield game in October.

Washington State Senator Introduces Bill to Investigate if Video Game Loot Boxes are Gambling

"It is unacceptable to be targeting our children with predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something."

BioWare All-In on Anthem as Game Slips Into 2019

All of BioWare is focused on delivering Anthem, even as pressure and anxieties mount.

PUBG Corp. Apologizes for the BP Mistake, Will Offer Compensation

PUBG players will be getting some BP after a mishap following the 1.0 launch.

PUBG Reveals Insane Drop Rates for Its Rarest Items

Transparency is nice, but it doesn't change the fact that I'll never get a PUBG bandana.

World Health Organization: Gaming Addiction is a "Significant Public Health Concern"

"WHO began activities relating to the public health implications of excessive use of the Internet, computers, smartphones and similar electronic devices in 2014."

ESA Says Video Games Are Not Addictive, Refuting the World Health Organization

The ESA refutes the WHO's assertion on video game addiction.

EA Has Conflicting Responses on Why Star Wars Battlefront 2 Doesn't Have Cosmetic Loot Boxes

Is it a timing issue, or is it about respecting the Star Wars IP?

The USgamer Podcast: A Huge Loot Box Rant is Approaching Fast

PODCAST | Hellblade's unexpected success, the Switch's big week, and the ongoing loot box crisis. Warning: A Huge Rant is Approaching Fast

The ESA Pushes Back, Loot Boxes "Are Not Gambling"

The video game trade association denies loot boxes are gambling.

"It's Awkward Right Now:" What Some in the Games Industry Think of the Rise of the Loot Box in 2017

2017 was the year we opened Pandora's loot box. Here's what some in the games industry are thinking.

Belgium Concludes that Loot Boxes are Gambling, Will Try and Ban Them in Europe

Belgium's Gaming Commission has reached a conclusion on loot boxes.

According to a Financial Analyst, You Should Be So Lucky to Save So Much Money on Star Wars Battlefront 2

The Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy has one financial analyst weigh in on video game pricing.

After Star Wars Battlefront 2, Need for Speed Payback Also Improves Its Loot and Progression Systems

Ghost Games makes some improvements for how loot crates work in Need for Speed Payback

Report: EA to Kill Star Wars Battlefront 2's Monetized Loot Box Progression [Update: EA Confirms Microtransactions Temporarily Removed]

After months of controversy and accusations of gambling, EA may be backing down from microtransaction-driven progression.

EA: Loot Mechanics in Star Wars Battlefront 2 "Not Gambling" as Belgium Regulators Investigate Loot Boxes as Gambling

EA is on the defensive after a difficult week promoting Battlefront 2.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Box FAQ: A Guide to the Neverending Controversy

Are Battlefront 2's microtransactions really as bad as everyone says they are? We break it all down for you.

After Two Days With the Final Review Version, Star Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Boxes Are... Tolerable

They don't wholly ruin the multiplayer, but that doesn't mean they should be in Battlefront 2.

DICE on Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Box Blowback: "It Was a Healthy Conversation"

Star Wars Battlefront 2 dev says they hear fan feedback loud and clear.

Will Need for Speed: Payback's Loot Boxes Lead It Into the Same Trap as NBA 2K18?

EA says the microtransactions are just accelerators, but there are a few warning signs.

Gamers Like Opening Loot Boxes Too Much to Stop Now, Even at the Expense of Balanced Gameplay

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.