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Battlefield V Shows How The Video Game Industry Is Turning On Loot Boxes

Last night, the official Battlefield Twitter account published something interesting—a promise that not only will the makers of the upcoming Battlefield V refrain from charging for extra maps, they’re also going to avoid what has become the most toxic two-word phrase in gaming: Loot boxes.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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This Week In The Business: Rolling The Dice On Loot Box Legality

QUOTE | “We’re working with all the industry associations globally and with regulators in various jurisdictions and territories, [and] have established that programs like FIFA Ultimate Team are not gambling.” – On Tuesday, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said regulators agreed with EA’s position that loot boxes aren’t gambling.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Belgium Says Loot Boxes In Games Like Overwatch Are Illegal

Loot boxes in FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are now illegal in Belgium, with the country’s legislators declaring today that if the games’ publishers don’t remove the offending microtransactions, people behind the games could face fines and even time behind bars.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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COD: WWII Adds Nightmare Leprechauns For St. Patrick’s Day

Call of Duty: WWII’s March 13 update lets you hunt leprechauns, and it is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. Sledgehammer Games has launched the “Operation: Shamrock and Awe” event just ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day, so there’s plenty of tacky gear, décor, and trolling leprechauns.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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After The Loot Box Fury, The People Behind The Next Battlefield Are Being Very Cautious

The people who make Battlefield, just like many other developers across the video game industry, have heard the loot box furor loudly and clearly. The next Battlefield’s microtransaction plans remain in flux, as they are in many games until close to release, but it’s unlikely they’ll inspire as much anger as Star…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Riot Discloses Loot Box Odds For League of Legends

Riot Games revealed the drop rates for League of Legends’ loot crates yesterday, offering transparency for a system that until now has been opaque. This comes during a time when loot boxes have triggered a great deal of outrage among players, pundits, and even politicians.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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U.S. Senator Asks ESRB To Re-Examine Loot Boxes

Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, sent an open letter to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) urging it “to review the completeness of the board’s ratings process and policies as they relate to loot boxes, and to take into account the potential harm these types of micro-transactions…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Longtime Players Feel Burned By Rainbow Six Siege’s Upcoming Loot Boxes

Rainbow Six Siege players aren’t happy after Ubisoft announced the game’s next event, “Outbreak,” will include character items that can only be found in special new loot boxes. As you might imagine, longtime players are not thrilled.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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PUBG Devs Publish Drop Rates For New Loot Boxes

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has outlined new additions to its loot box system to go live on the game’s test server. In addition to disclosing the odds of getting different cosmetics, the patch notes also point toward a new type of microtransaction that will be making its way into the game in the future.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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‘Fuck The Oscars’: Watch A Way Out Director’s Rant At The Game Awards

Josef Fares, director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and the upcoming A Way Out, delivered a spirited, invigorated, profanity-powered speech at The Game Awards this evening, covering his real and true feelings on the Oscars and loot boxes. I can’t do it justice. Just watch and enjoy.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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EA Boosts Star Wars Battlefront II’s Multiplayer Rewards

Star Wars Battlefront II has received negative feedback ever since it was confirmed that its loot crates provided in-game advantages. Since then, the game has disabled the ability to purchase crates with real money. Now, players will also receive more in-game rewards.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Players Worry Paladins’ New Card System Inches Closer To Pay-To-Win

A new update to go live on Paladins’ public test server is already drawing a lot of criticism from some of the hero-based shooter’s most dedicated players. In addition to the normal gameplay tweaks, the OB64 patch introduces a new system for how players can use cards to customize their favorite characters and make…Read more… […]

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Meet The 19-Year-Old Who Spent Over $10,000 On Microtransactions

At the height of the controversy surrounding microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II, a Reddit user who goes by the name Kensgold posted an open letter to publisher EA and other developers in the video game industry. “I am 19 and addicted to gambling,” he wrote. Kensgold wasn’t talking about roulette tables or…Read more… Continue […]

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